On these hot summer days, swimming can be one of the best ways to escape the heat. Jumping into the pool isn't only fun for kids – adults like to join in too. But sometimes teenagers and adults feel the urge to seek more excitement. Some of these thrill seekers get their excitement from pool hopping.
Pool hopping is using a public or private swimming pool that doesn't belong to you without the owner's knowledge – which is trespassing. To some, this may seem like a thrilling activity, but it is also potentially dangerous and, not to mention, illegal.
Pool hopping can potentially lead to serious injury. Since it is most often done in the dark and on unfamiliar property, pool hoppers face the risk of slipping and falling, drowning, and more. Typically, when trespassers are injured, landowners are not held liable for their injuries. Most often, pool hopping is done by adults who are aware of what they are doing and the risk of injury.
If you are injured while trespassing on someone's property, you will likely be responsible for not only your own injuries, but also the legal consequences of trespassing. This could be different if the trespasser is a child. Since a pool is considered an attractive nuisance, the landowner may be held liable for injuries to children who are unable to appreciate the risks associated with a pool.
We know that you aren't always able to control the actions of others, but as a pool owner, there are some things that you can do to help prevent accidents from happening on your property. Here are a few things that you can do to keep trespassers off of your property:
We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and take advantage of the warm weather. Want to go swimming? When choosing a pool, keep it legal. And of course, keep these swimming safety tips in mind as well.