Pool safety isn’t just about the measures that are taken during swimming pool hours but also about preventing accidents in the off hours when staff are not around to come to the rescue of an injured child. Illinois swimming pool law requires that every public pool is surrounded by a gate that meets the specifications laid out in the Illinois administrative code.
Defective pool gates that do not adhere to these requirements can be the cause of an accident or drowning if a child were to be harmed while trying to climb the gate or if the child was able to gain entry to the swimming area while unattended.
How Proper Gates Prevent Injury
Whenever a pool accident that results in hospitalization occurs, the first question that must follow is whether the incident could have been avoided and if the owner of the facility took appropriate safety measures. Pool gates are meant to keep people out of the swimming area while the facility is closed and staff members are unable to supervise the pool and ensure the safety of guests.
Under Illinois law, these gates must be at least four feet tall, no higher than four inches off the ground and designed so that they cannot be climbed primarily as a measure to keep small children out of the pool when it is closed.
Injuries Caused by Defective Gates Around Pools
Gates that do not lock properly or fail to keep people out can fail to prevent injuries either in the pool or on the grounds. Such injuries can include drowning, trips and falls that break bones, injuries to the head or neck or electrocution in the event of adverse elements.
The gate itself can cause injury as well if it falls while being climbed or if the material causes harm to someone attempting to jump it. It is not uncommon for pool injuries to require a lifetime of expensive care after the accident— especially if there is trauma to the head or neck or if the victim was deprived of oxygen for an extensive period of time.
If your child gained access to a private or publicly operated pool and was injured as a result, it is important to discuss your legal options with a Illinois swimming pool accident attorney to determine if the injuries could have been prevented. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have the knowledge and experience to protect your interests and deliver results when it comes to holding negligent pool owners accountable.
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