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Pool safety in apartment and condominium complexes

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Personal Injury |

The number of drownings in the United States has trended downward for decades. But, unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now reports that the number of drowning fatalities has risen over the past three years from 4,000 in 2019 to 4,500 a year in 2020, 2021 and 2022. While the reason for this increase is unknown, anecdotal evidence suggests the pandemic may be responsible. Public health officials believe pool closures due to COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in fewer lifeguards and swim teachers being properly and adequately trained to do the work.

Pools at apartment and condominium complexes

Many apartment buildings, condominium complexes and other housing communities provide pools as amenities for residents.  In Connecticut, landlords and condominium boards in complexes that have pools are legally responsible for following federal, state and local regulations governing pool safety. Requirements include fencing, locks, safe storage of chemicals and other precautions. These requirements are particularly important given the rise in drowning deaths in recent years.

Regular pool maintenance and safety checks

A well-maintained pool is a safer pool. Those with community pools should ensure that the pool is regularly maintained, including checking the pool’s chemical levels, ensuring the filtration system functions correctly, and keeping the pool area as hazard-free as possible. Additionally, safety checks can help identify potential problems before they lead to accidents.

Pool safety policies

It is important that landlords and owners of community pools create and enforce pool safety policies. Policies should define rules of pool use, like diving, running and swimming alone.  Tenants or residents should be provided with copies of the rules, or they should be posted to ensure they are followed.  Clear policies and enforcement of those rules can prevent injuries.

Pool safety equipment

Community pools should be equipped with safety equipment, including devices to prevent drownings.  These include life rings and reaching poles.  Tenants or residents should also be given information on basic water safety and CPR.  All of these steps can help reduce the risk of a personal injury claim due to a tragic drowning.