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What are the dangers of an attractive nuisance?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2022 | Premises Liability

When your children are on another person’s property, you may not immediately see the variety of problems that could happen.

If the owner of the property does not take care of their land and clean up properly, your children could suffer from long-term health struggles and injuries. One such source of injuries is attractive nuisances, which can attract young children and leave them in unsafe situations.


According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, minors who wander onto someone’s property are not treated the same as adult trespassers under the law. This means that property owners need to prepare for children who may fall into an empty uncovered swimming pool or climb up on dangerous construction equipment.

It may even benefit these owners to buy an alarm system or some other form of safety system if they know the temptation to climb on and play around with the items on their property is high for children.

Lack of railings and signs

What makes an attractive nuisance particularly dangerous for younger children is that there is typically no barrier between wandering children and sharp or harmful areas. The property owner may neglect to put up signs or fences that could keep them away from these vehicles or places.

This lack of foresight is also potentially dangerous if the property owner knows that children typically play or trespass on their land.

Failure in taking steps

While an adult may not see the enjoyment in climbing on construction equipment, tunnels or open wells, they should be aware of children on their property who might feel differently.

Knowing what risks exist on a person’s property can help them identify potential attractive nuisances.