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Defective Pool Fence Causes Accident

Pool fences are required by law because they help to prevent drowning accidents and increase safety for swimmers. Whether it is a public pool or a backyard pool, pool fences are a requirement and they must meet certain regulations.

Pool Fence Safety Tips:

  • Fences should be at least 4 feet tall
  • Fences should surround the entire pool
  • Gaps in fence should be no bigger than 4 inches wide
  • Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching

Other Pool Safety Tips:

  • Doors leading to the pool area should have an active alarm
  • Safety covers should be on pools or hot tubs when not in use
  • Remove toys from pool after each swim
  • Prevent entrapments with drain covers in pool
  • Ensure emergency equipment it easily accessible

Defective Pool Fences

The purpose of a pool fence is to prevent drowning accidents. If the fence is defective, it may not be able to serve its purpose and put the safety of others at risk. A fence that is installed incorrectly or is not maintained properly can be considered defective.

If you or a loved one was at a public, private, residential, hotel or motel pool with a defective pool fence, and a drowning accident occurred as a result, call our Ohio pool accident attorneys at 800.637.8170. If the pool fence was not installed or maintained properly and was the cause of the accident, the injured party may seek damages. It is important to have the guidance of an experienced attorney to guide them through the legal process.