I mean, yeah. Lock shit on your property.
But this isn't on the pool owner. It's on the parents. Sucks that they'll have to carry this for the rest of their lives. There's little worse than losing a child. Knowing you're responsible has to be horrific. Wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Im not placing blame on anyone here but lock up your shit. Its your responsibility as a pool owner to do so too..
Nothing in that article says the pool was or was.not locked up. Just that existing pool owners were originally grandfathered from having to install a fence.
That's the worse thing about all this besides a child dying. You now have a home owner(s) who have to live with this tragic event even though it looks like they were not to blame (besides owning the pool).
It behooves me that parents dont teach their kids to stay away from water if there are no adults around. Lost a few friends when I was kid who either ventured out into a spillway and drowned or were caught up in tidal waters and couldnt get out. There was a kid a few towns down who even though he was a bit older. Stupidly wandered out unto what he thought was a frozen pool cover. The pool cover collapsed around him as the ice broke.
Even if it is not a law you should have your pool area fenced off. Yes, the parents are 100% to blame but are currently going through what has to be one of the worst feelings a human can imagine.