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Swimming pools require the highest level of care

California residents who own swimming pools need to be extremely careful to prevent a drowning from happening. You might think that drownings only happen when you're away from the house, when someone sneaks onto your property, or when your family is outside and actually using the pool, but there are an infinite number of unexpected ways a drowning could occur.

Children don't always understand how dangerous a swimming pool is, and especially when children are small, curiosity can draw them close. When a child falls in, he or she can silently drown without any kind of screaming or splashing. It only takes a minute or two. In the amount of time a parent looks away to answer a phone call, it could already be too late for the child.

One way to prevent a drowning disaster like this is to set up pool alarms. These are devices that notify property owners as soon as someone enters or falls into the pool. You can also install a power safety cover to keep the pool covered and safe when you're not using it. Finally, install a barrier around the pool to prevent young children from getting too close. No level of protection, however, is better than closely supervising your children -- and other people's children -- when they're on your property.

Pool owners who fail to take reasonable action to keep young children away from their pools could be financially liable for injuries or deaths resulting from drowning incidents. If you lost your child in a pool drowning, you and your family may want to consider the pursuit of a wrongful death action against potentially liable parties in California civil court.

Source: Consumer Affairs, "Swimming Pools - Safety Is No Accident," accessed April 07, 2017

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