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Summer weather is here and it’s time to shake off the winter blues. Backyard BBQs and summer get-togethers are an inevitable part of outdoor fun, but hardly anything compares to a good pool party. If you are lucky enough to own a pool, and nice enough to host your friends and family, here are five tips on how to avoid any liability lawsuits when it comes to hosting a pool party.
Alcohol is a leading contributor to accidents no matter where the venue. As the party host you should always limit your alcohol intake, or refrain from having any at all. It is important to have a clear mind in case something goes wrong and urgent care is necessary. Being sober yourself also allows you to better monitor what other party guests are drinking. If you notice someone has had too much to drink, ask them to stay out of the pool for their own safety and the safety of others.
Avoid having parties where you do not know those in attendance. Having an “open house” policy for pool parties can lead to overcrowding, roughhousing, and a quick escalation of unfortunate events. Restricting your number of guests and knowing each guest is the best way to ensure that you do not experience an out of control party.
If you do not have children yourself and therefore do not own children’s life jackets, insist that any party goers who have small children bring their own floatation devices for all children to wear. It’s important to have children protected at all times around the pool deck because a slip and fall into the water is quick and easy, especially for the young and curious mind of a child.
This is a good skill for any pool owner to possess and it may just save a life. Take an afternoon and enroll yourself in a CPR course to help arm you in the event of a crisis. If you intend to have people over for recreational swimming having basic CPR skills could possibly mean the difference between life or death in the event of an accident.
Although we like to believe that our friends and family would not ever file suit against us, the reality is if they feel they have been wronged that they are in their legal rights to do so. Protect yourself and protect your guests by always practicing basic pool safety at all times.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident or recreational accident? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Zuber Brioux to determine your legal options.