Does Florida Require a Fence Around My Pool?

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March 16, 2016
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Miami Premises Liability Lawyer Explains Law Requiring Gates

It does not matter if you are a private citizen or a business such as a hotel an apartment complex – all pools in Florida are required by law to have gates around them. In this video, Miami premises liability attorney Mike Eidson explains the attractive nuisance of pools and the reason that gates are mandatory.

Unsafe swimming pools can lead to devastating personal injuries such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and even wrongful death. If you have questions regarding a premises liability claim, you can reach our Florida attorneys at 305-476-7400 or you can fill out our online case review form.

Video Transcription:

You have to have gates around swimming pools in Florida and that’s for everybody, that’s not just for commercial establishments, that’s for your house too. I also tell people don’t dive in the swimming pool, don’t dive head first in my swimming pool, I don’t want to be responsible for this because I’ve seen what happens. Same way with gates. One of the most tragic things that can happen, a small child going into an unguarded swimming pool, they aren’t paying attention to the kids, the kid sneaks out into the backyard, they want to get into the water. We see it in people’s backyards, we see brain-damaged children or children drowning in backyard pools but we see it a lot in apartment complexes. So it’s very very important that you make sure that your pool is guarded so you don’t have to worry about it. And the law requires you to have a gated enclosure around your yard if you have a swimming pool in the backyard. And so like I said, that’s doesn’t just apply to a business, that applies to everybody that has a swimming pool.

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