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Property owners are required under federal and Oklahoma laws to follow proper safety procedures and make sure that anyone entering their property is not injured due to an inherent danger on the property. One such federal act is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. Public pools are also subjected to the same rules.

As bodies of water, pools and spas are inherently more dangerous than most other surfaces. Pool safety is becoming a great cause of concern under premises liability laws in Oklahoma. All public pools, including pools and spas found in residential apartments open to all residents and their guests, fall under the purview of this federal law.

In addition to residential pools and spas, government and public pools may also be subjected to the same premises liabilities laws. Furthermore, any pools that are used for physical therapies by medical practitioners as well as baptismal pools used by churches are governed by the premises liabilities laws. Even hotels which have public pools for recreational activities are governed by the pool safety laws outlined under Oklahoma premises liability laws. Any victim of a pool injury may engage the services of an experienced lawyer in order to initiate a premises liability lawsuit.

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In July, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided a premises liability case that dealt with open and obvious dangers. In general, a property owner is not liable if the danger is easily spotted.

The Mercedes-Benz dealer in Oklahoma City hosted a catered event. A woman working the event had to cross grass and a sidewalk coated in ice. Precipitation was not the cause and the roads were not slick. The dealer’s sprinkler system had been activated overnight while the temperature was below the freezing point causing the ice. Even while walking carefully down an incline, the woman slipped, fell onto her back and suffered injuries.

When she told a dealership employee about the accident, the employee said, “[y]eah, I should have [put salt down] when I got here.”