Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Keep your Backyard Pool Safe

Published on Jun 20, 2014 at 8:30 am in Child Injury.

Swimming Pool AccidentsKeeping your backyard pool safe is a concern for all pool owners. Your concerns can be heightened if you have small children. Of course, you will want to fence the yard or pool to discourage unwanted visitors, but here are steps you can take to keep your family and guests safe.

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in children under the age of 15. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the primary cause of drowning for children ages 1-4 is home swimming pools. Three of the main causes of drowning are:

  • Lack of Swimming Ability: Research shows that formal swimming lessons can lessen the drowning risk for children aged 1 to 4 years.
  • Lack of Barriers: Barriers, such as fences, prevent children from getting to the pool area without caregivers being aware. One good idea is to construct your fence so it isolates the pool from your house and yard, which can reduce a child’s risk of drowning by 83%.
  • Lack of Close Supervision: For small children, additional safety measures (which can also work for pets) include: Door alarms on your house, lockable safety covers for the pool, and surface wave or underwater alarms

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, there are a number of alarm types designed to detect water movement, yet none are foolproof. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission tested these alarms and found those that detect sub-surface movement are most reliable and less likely to set off false alarms than surface detectors.

The CPSC “Pool safely” site provides these additional tips:

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to
    avoid entrapments
  • Make sure your pool and the spa has compliant drain covers (ask your pool service provider for more details)
  • If a child is missing, look for her or him in the pool or spa first

Prepare for Emergencies

Learn the CPR techniques for children and adults, and update those skills regularly. According to the CDC, “CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly CPR is started, the better the chance of improved outcomes.”

It’s also a good idea to have a phone near the pool area and post the address of the home in case someone needs to call 911.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out of pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Meet Our Founder

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Legal & Firm News

Two Nurses Arrested in Ohio for Nursing Home Resident Neglect

In April 2022, Sunrise Manor nursing home’s director of nursing and assistant nursing director were arrested for allegations of patient neglect. Christina Drake and Jennie Elliott are being investigated following a criminal complaint filed in regard to an incident that occurred in April 2020. The two nursing staff members are facing multiple first-degree misdemeanor charges, […]

Read More

What Injuries Do Unattended Children Most Commonly Suffer?

It is a tragedy when a child is killed or injured in an accident that could have been prevented. Most of the time, it only takes one attentive adult to stop these tragic incidents from happening. The personal injury lawyers at Thomas Law Offices look at what injuries unattended children most commonly suffer and⁠—more importantly—how […]

Read More

What Injuries Can Result From Slamming on the Brakes?

No matter how safely you may drive, you will undoubtedly encounter situations in which you will have to take significant evasive maneuvers to avoid a car accident. While avoiding a motor vehicle crash is virtually always preferable to a collision, there are times when the evasive action can also cause harm.

Read More
Tad Thomas on The National Crime Victim Bar Association
Tad Thomas on AVVO
Tad Thomas on Lawyer Minds
Tad Thomas on American Association for Justice
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Ohio Association for Justice
Kentucky Justice Association
Tad Thomas on Attorney at Law Magazine
Tad Thomas on Attorney at Law Magazine
2021 Public Justice Member
AAJ Masters of Trial Law: Champion