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What could happen when children trespass on your property?

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2022 | premises liability

When you own a plot of land, you could notice local children entering it without your permission.

Although you may not realize it, there could be many places and items there that can lead to serious injuries for minors.

Interactions with dangerous equipment

According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, children can often sneak or wander onto another person’s property without permission. Although they are not supposed to be there, the law does not treat them the same as adult trespassers. This means that you should attempt to make any attractive nuisances on your land as safe as possible.

Children are often interested in climbing on or playing with interesting-looking equipment, such as construction vehicles or appliances. However, this could lead to infected cuts or serious injuries to their limbs if the item is sharp.

Falls

Head injuries can happen when a child falls even a few feet to the ground below. This is even more dangerous when the ground is solid rock or metal. When holes and large drops have no signs warning people around, or if they are not closed and covered, children can easily trip and fall into them.

Drowning

When you keep a pool uncovered, children could try to approach it without warning. Having a fence or some kind of barrier around a large body of water on your property is important.

If you are aware that children often trespass on your property and do not realize the risk of drowning, having a sign or warning somewhere close to the pool could help. Knowing all the possible dangerous areas on your property is important if a child could potentially face an injury.