Owning your own home comes with lots of important perks, and one of the biggest is having a place to relax and unwind on sunny summer weekends. In recent years, the concept of “staycations” has become more and more appealing, not only to people who want to save on the expenses of a costly away-from-home vacation, but also for families, couples and singles who like having the option of enjoying a little R&R without needing to venture far from home.
Adding a deck, pool, play area or outdoor kitchen are all popular ways to turn your property into a virtual backyard oasis, offering new ways to get the most from your yard at the fraction of a cost of annual vacations (not to mention increasing your home’s overall appeal and value). But as fun as these options may be, they do come with some extra risks, and taking a few summer safety precautions now is the best way to prevent accidents and reduce your liability risks to boot.
- First, most municipalities require fencing around pools to help prevent accidents. Depending on where you live, gate locks and other features also may be required. Know the requirements and don’t be afraid to add additional features for more security.
- Invest in a pool alarm. These simple and affordable devices alert you if a child, pet or object falls into the pool so you can take action quickly. Teach kids a few basic pool safety rules, like no running around the edge of the pool or pushing people in and no dunking. Never let kids swim unsupervised, and be very careful about allowing kids to dive.
- If grilling is your passion, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the risks of burns and fires. First, locate the grill well away from your home and other structures, and be sure to keep it clean – built-up grease can catch fire easily. As with pools, a hot grill should never be left unattended, even if you’re through using it to cook. Keeping pets and kids away is a good idea, and it’s also smart to keep a hose or a bucket of sand on hand to put out fires.
- Playgrounds and trampolines can provide hours of fun for kids and even for some adventurous adults. Because of the physical nature of these and other play structures, establishing a few summer safety rules – even posting them in writing – can go a long way toward preventing accidents and injuries. Each year, millions of kids wind up in emergency rooms due to injuries incurred during play. Limit kids’ pain and suffering (as well as your own liability) by making sure children understand the proper way to use equipment, and keep an eye on younger kids to ensure they comply.
One more quick summer safety tip: Review your homeowner’s policy and add liability coverage when needed for added peace of mind. Call our office today at 410-777-5390 and ask for a policy review. It takes just minutes, but it can provide you with the protection you need for a safer summer of fun in the sun.