During the dog days of summer, nothing beats a refreshing dip in your own swimming pool. But if someone gets hurt in the water, you could find yourself face-to-face with a lawsuit—even if the injured party entered your backyard without permission. Property owners in most cities or counties are subject to the “attractive nuisance” doctrine, which requires homeowners to implement safety precautions around man-made features (like swimming pools) that might entice children to enter the property. While those requirements vary from region to region, they typically call for fencing around the entire swimming pool as well as a self-closing and self-latching gate.
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