Some lucky 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 drawbacks, 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 the board of trustees in a building with a pool—should learn about safety measures and pool features before diving in.
Indeed, there are serious dangers involved with managing condo and HOA 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) occurred at a residence.
“The standard of care today is that individuals who are responsible for the care of swimming pools and spas should have achieved a minimum education level,” says Thomas L. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.