Arizona Swimming Pool Laws and Regulations
In Arizona, swimming pools are extremely popular due to our hot and dry climate. Pools offer a great way to escape the heat, but can sometimes be dangerous. Because of the potential dangers combined with the popularity of pools, there are many laws and regulations designed to prevent a potential swimming pool accident in Arizona.
In this post, we’ll list some of the most important Arizona swimming pool laws and regulations to keep in mind if you are either a property owner or someone who has been injured in a swimming pool accident. If you have been injured, you should contact a lawyer right away. Arizona personal injury law can be complex, so having someone on your side is essential after an accident.
If you need someone in your corner after a swimming pool accident, consider Arizona attorney Jesse Guerra. Guerra is an attorney with Carabin Shaw, a law firm with over 30 years of experience fighting aggressively for their clients and a proven track record of winning cases.Premises Liability Law
Premises liability law is a set of rules and regulations that require property owners to take certain measures to make their property safe for any potential visitors. A property owner owes what is called a “duty of care” to people who come to their property. There are different levels of this duty of care that is owed to different types of visitors to the property.
- Invitees - Someone who is allowed or expected to be on the property for commercial reasons. Shoppers entering a store or guests staying at a hotel are some examples of invitees.
- Licensees - Someone who is allowed or expected to be on the property for non-commercial reasons. In pool accident cases, this is commonly someone invited to the house to use the pool.
- Trespassers - Trespassers do not have permission to be on the property.
Invitees and licensees are owed a duty of care that states the property owner must notify them of any potential dangers that they know of on the property in addition to making the property reasonably safe. Trespassers are not owed a duty of care unless they are children. Property owners must ensure that their pools are reasonably safe even to trespassing children due to the attractive nuisance doctrine.Arizona Revised Statute 36-1681
Because drowning is a common swimming pool accident in Arizona, pool owners have to adhere to certain regulations. Arizona personal injury law states that pool owners with children under 6 years old living in their home must follow Arizona Revised Statute 36-1681.
The statute outlines specific guidelines related to the barriers or fences around pools such as:
- The fence must enclose the entire pool area
- It must be at least 5 feet high
- It must have a gate that opens away from the pool and is self latching
- The fence must have no openings through which a spherical object 4 inches in diameter can pass
- It must not have handholds, footholds, or other means available to aid in climbing the fence from the outside
- It must be at least 20 inches from the water’s edge
All of these regulations about barriers around pools seek to reduce the number of drownings of young children in Arizona. Contact a lawyer if your child drowned or was injured in an improperly barricaded pool.Who Should You Call After an Accident?
After an accident you may not know where to turn. You should call an attorney that specializes in swimming pool accidents if your child was injured in a swimming pool accident. As outlined above, there are specific laws governing swimming pools in Arizona, so contacting an attorney that understands the nuances of these regulations can help you get the money you deserve.
If you need someone on your side, call Arizona attorney Jesse Guerra today at 1-800-555-0101 for a free, no-obligation consultation.