Summer is here, and the season of pool parties and backyard barbeques is in full swing. While the sunny sky has us all feeling care-free, the lawyer in me cannot help but share a few precautions everyone can take to make this July a great – and safe – one.
- For the hosts with the most: Warn guests of hidden dangers on your property that they may not see. This could include loose floorboards on the deck, a hose running through the lawn, or a rabbit hole you noticed recently. Remember, if you know about it and your guests cannot see it, you could be liable for their injuries!
- For the summer grill masters: Do not leave your grill unattended, and keep it a safe distance from your house. July is the peak month for grill-related fires and injuries. Nearly 8,000 structural fires and over 15,000 injuries occur each year, many involving children.
- For the Facebook and Instagram stars: Be careful what you post on social media. Without realizing it, social media posts can make you a target for burglars. Avoid checking-in at airports, and wait to post photos from your beach weekend until you are home.
- For the poolside loungers: Make sure people are supervised when they are in or around the pool. Owners can be liable for drowning, shallow-end diving injuries, unsupervised minors, and slip and falls.
- For the parents and pet-parents: Do not leave your child or pet unattended in the car, even for a few minutes. The temperature of the inside of a car can reach over 100 degrees in just 10 minutes in 85-degree weather!
So, between watermelon slices and piña coladas, think of these five simple, yet commonly overlooked (or ignored!) tips from your concerned local attorney, and stay smart, stress-free, and sunbathing all summer long!