Injury In Idaho

Prevent a Tragic Swimming Pool Accident

What better way to cool off on a hot day in Kootenai County than by splashing in a swimming pool? It’s a summer tradition especially enjoyed by children. Unfortunately too many children sustain serious injury or even death while enjoying the water.Surprisingly Idaho is second in the U.S. only to Florida in unintentional drowning rates for the 1-to-5 year-old group (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). No doubt some of these tragedies occur in Idaho’s thousands of miles of whitewater rivers and lakes, but too many happen in public and private swimming pools.Safety Must Be First PriorityBeing a pool owner or operator, whether public or private, comes with significant responsibility. Idaho has fencing, entry and other requirements for swimming pools including in-ground, above ground and spas, and many counties and cities have additional regulations as well.

The Bendell Law Firm urges you to be a smart pool owner and do everything you can to prevent injury:

  • Schedule an annual inspection by a trained professional to monitor physical condition, water quality and safety equipment.
  • Follow all state, county and local laws for barrier, entry and other safety requirements.
  • Use self-latching gates that open outward and are self-closing.
  • Teach children how to swim and about basic water safety.
  • Children must never swim alone, even in a spa.
  • If a child is missing, look first in the pool.
  • Children may become trapped in pool drains, pipes and other openings. Adding anti-entrapment or safety drain covers can reduce this danger.
  • A child may be tempted by floating toys to jump in unsupervised – take out all toys and floats when not in use.
  • Clean up any pools of water to avoid slips and falls.
  • Learn CPR and life-saving skills in the event of an emergency.
  • Install special pool and gate alarms to alert you when children approach the pool.

You can find more information on pool safety and owner responsibilities at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s PoolSafely website.

Attorney James Bendell, personal injury attorney in Coeur D’Alene, has extensive experience in serious injury cases caused by swimming pools as well as premises liability. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, someone may have been negligent in construction, maintenance, signage or safety requirements. Call us at for a free consultation on your injury case. Feel free to browse our website for more information and testimonials. Swimming should be fun – not dangerous – for your entire family.

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