For children, swimming pools are both enticing and dangerous. Every year, about 4,000 people drown in swimming pools, and many of them are children. In fact, drowning is the second most common cause of death for children between the ages of one and four. And for every child that dies, another five suffer serious injuries from being submerged in a pool.
In some cases, pool owners can be held financially liable for these injuries and deaths, especially if the incident happened because they failed to properly prevent children from accessing their pool. But what if the owner installed a fence with a gate around the pool? Does that mean they can’t be held liable if a child still manages to get in their pool and drowns?
While fences and gates are important safety measures, they don’t necessarily make pools safe, and they don’t always protect the owner against lawsuits. In this article, we’ll talk about why this is and discuss when a fence is an adequate pool safety measure — and when it isn’t.