Summer is here and with the COVID-19 pandemic many of us will be enjoying most of it in our homes. However, there are still countless fun activities that we can enjoy with our families while taking care of our health. It’s the time of the year when we all enjoy splashing around the pool and grilling our favorite food. Follow these safety tips to keep your family safe from any injuries related to burns and drowning accidents, and if you’re traveling, make sure you keep your home safe from burglars.
Safety Around the Pool
Following the appropriate safety precautions while being inside or around a pool is important, especially if children are present. To prevent an unfortunate drowning accident when the pool is not being used, install a fence that surrounds it and is tall enough that children can’t climb over it. Make sure that the fence’s completely locks, and children can’t open it. If children are swimming in the pool, have an adult be inside the pool with them or have someone outside within an arm’s reach ready to react in case of an accident. Don’t let children play near suction areas of the pool, as their swimming suit can get tangled in them and dragged underwater. It’s also advised to teach children how to swim and how to behave inside and outside a pool early on in their lives.
Prevent a Burn Injury From a Grill
Summer is the perfect season to enjoy cooking outdoors. However, we must always grill safely to avoid serious burn injuries or a house fire. The following recommendations could prevent a grilling fire accident:
- If you have a gas grill, check for any gas leaks, blockages, and holes in the gas hose.
- Never leave a grill unattended, especially if there are children around.
- Don’t grill close to your deck or any flammable objects in your home.
- Don’t store a charcoal grill indoors with freshly used coals inside it.
- Make sure you completely extinguish the fire on a charcoal grill by breaking up the embers and covering the grill to deprive the flames of oxygen. You can also lightly spray the embers with water to completely extinguish the fire.
If you followed every safety precaution and suffered an injury caused by a grill, check if the manufacturer has any recalls or if a defective product caused your injuries. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to cover for your damages.
Prevent a Home Burglary
If you’re going out on vacation make sure you close every door, fence and window in your home. Check that all doors, fences, and windows lock correctly and repair any damaged or broken latches before you leave. Invest in a security system such as an alarm or security cameras. A security camera can help alleviate some of the stress of leaving your home alone, most security cameras nowadays provide an app where you can check your home security footage from your phone. Some of them will send a notification if they detect any suspicious activity.
Don’t leave valuable objects outside where someone can easily spot them. Make sure valuables like bikes and outdoor tools and equipment are locked inside a shed or in a garage where potential criminals can’t see or reach them. Close shutters and drapes so that people can’t look inside your home while you’re away. If you have a neighbor that you trust, let them know that you will be out of town and when you will return, so that if they see any suspicious activity around your home they can alert the authorities or call you. Some neighborhood watch groups also provide house surveillance while a neighbor is away. Studies show that crime rates spike during the summer, make sure you and your family are protected by following these tips.
By being aware of some of the risks that these activities may have, you are better prepared on how to prevent an accident from ruining your summer. As always children supervision around bodies of water and dangerous objects is advised and make sure your house isn’t an easy target for thieves.