Some lucky—and wealthy—co-ops and condos offer the benefits of an indoor or outdoor swimming pool for their residents; it’s a splashy amenity that many people request when looking for a home…but there are many kinks, issues, and liabilities that come with managing a pool.
Anyone who is considering living in a building with a pool, or thinking of running for board in a building with a pool, should learn about safety measures, diving boards, and other pools feature before diving in.
Indeed, there are serious dangers involved with condo and co-op pools. From 2005 to 2007, there were 385 pool-related drownings for children younger than 15, and from 2007 to 2009, there were an average of 4,200 emergency department-treated submersions for children younger than the age of 15, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Shockingly, 54 percent of the injuries from 2007 to 2009 and 74 percent of the fatalities between 2005 and 2007 (involving children younger than 15 happened) occurred at a residence. In Florida…the statistics are even more horrifying. In fact, the Sunshine State has unintentional drowning as the leading cause of death, annually, for children between ages 1 to 4, according to the Florida Department of Health.
A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education found that drowning in residential swimming pools is a significant public health problem in Florida. There were approximately 1.1 million residential pools in Florida appraised in 2006, and there were 262 unintentional, confirmed pool drowning deaths from 2005–2007. For every 10,000 residential pools that a county has, 2.4 additional pool drowning deaths can be expected to occur over 3 years, the study found.