After Death of Burlingame Father, Pool Owners Are Encouraged to Understand Risks of Electrocution
Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. Cookouts, camping trips, days at the beach, and swimming pools will soon be a way of life. Most people will go home each night tired and maybe a little red from the sun. However, there will be others who suffer an injury, are hospitalized, or never make it home—hiding within all that fun, there are unseen risks. Electrocution risks in swimming pools are one of the first to be addressed after a Burlingame father's death.
Easter Weekend Becomes a Tragedy for One Family
According to NBC News, a father of three was hosting a pool party at his Palm Springs home when the water in his pool became electrically charged. The man noticed the children in the water were turning blue and he dove into the pool to try and save them. One of the children was his daughter. The father died at the hospital and his nine-year-old daughter is intensive care. Four other swimmers from the party were released and a 10-year-old boy remains in stable condition.
A Frightening but Foreseeable Risk
While considered extremely rare, electrocutions in swimming pools do happen. Information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that only 60 electrocutions have occurred since 1990. It should be noted, however, that as many homes age, the occurrence of such cases may rise. Additionally, since electricity cannot be seen in water, those who are killed or injured may never see it coming.
The problem is that many pools contain lighting so the pools can be used with ease at night. National electric codes mandate that these lights be grounded and bonded. However, over time, the encasings can deteriorate. As such, expert electricians suggest that all homeowners have their pool lighting and wiring inspected twice a year by a licensed electrician.
Homeowners, Hotels, Public Pools May Be Held Accountable
All pool owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of others. Failure to do so could constitute negligence in a court of law. If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered wrongful death because of a pool electrocution or other form of third party negligence, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. can help. Contact our skilled Green Bay personal injury attorneys or Appleton personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to find out how. Call 920-739-7366 today.