What to Know About Pool Accidents in New Jersey

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Unfortunately, pool accidents happen often and they can have serious, even deadly consequences. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and how they can be prevented.

What are New Jersey’s Swimming Pool Laws?

In response to alarming statistics regarding swimming pool accidents, the state of New Jersey enacted William’s law. This requires residential pool owners to abide by certain regulations to ensure the safety of others. This includes the following provisions:

  • Pools must be entirely enclosed by a barrier, wall, or fence that is at least 5 feet tall. The barrier shall not be able to fit a spherical object that is four inches in diameter through any openings. 
  • The barrier must be secured by a padlock or similar locking device that has a latch located at least 54 inches above the ground.

Pool owners who fail to follow these laws can face a disorderly persons offense. If they make a good faith effort to remedy the issue within 45 days, the offense can be redacted.

Pool Owner Negligence: 

Most pool accidents occur due to pool owner negligence. If a pool owner acts negligently and an injury occurs, he or she can be held responsible. To avoid accidents, it is important to take the following precautions:

  • Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
  • If the pool is deep and people are not able to stand, make sure they are capable swimmers before letting them in the pool
  • Stay away from drains and be sure pools have drain covers
  • Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around the pool
  • Stow away any portable ladders when the pool is not being used. Children who cannot swim are often attracted to pools and removing ladders can prevent them from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
  • Pool owners may wish to know how to perform CPR just in case someone is drowning
  • Always swim sober
  • Avoid electrocution by prohibiting electronic devices near the poor 
  • Let swimmers know where there are shallow areas where they cannot dive

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.