A pool is a great place to relax on a hot summer day, but it can also be dangerous, especially for children. The best way to protect children from drowning is to put up a fence around a pool.
Many pool owners do not want to put up fences because they do not want to spoil the view. However, not doing so is breaking the law. A pool owner must restrict access to the pool and obtain a certificate of occupancy.
A certificate of occupancy is a document issued by a local government or building department that states that a building complies with laws and codes. It proves that the building is in a livable condition and is safe for occupancy. A certificate of occupancy is required for a pool and is a necessary document if someone wants to sell a house.
The attractive nuisance doctrine applies to tort law in the United States. Under the doctrine, a homeowner may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on their property if the injury is caused by an object that is likely to attract children. It is intended to protect children who cannot understand the risk posed by an object. The attractive nuisance doctrine applies to swimming pools in backyards if they are not surrounded by a fence.
A pool is a risk that is attractive to many children. If you have a pool in your yard and do not have a fence around it, you are putting yourself at risk of liability if a child trespasses on your property and jumps or falls in the pool. A homeowner must put up a fence around a pool and obtain a certificate of occupancy.
If you are concerned about spoiling the view of your pool, a glass fence is an excellent solution. The fences that we install at US Glass Fence are nearly invisible and provide a clear, uninterrupted view.