Fourth of July is a fun summer celebration, but the festivities can be hazardous. If you are hosting a party this Fourth of July, you should take steps to protect your guests and prevent accidents. Here are some tips to help you get your home and yard ready for this Independence Day.
Protect Your Pool
Your pool will likely be a popular place to hang out this summer, so you should make sure that it is safe for your guests and your family. Check your pool fencing for any needed repairs, or upgrade your pool fence with a new, sturdy fence. If you don’t have them already, every entrance to the pool should have a self-latching gate. You should also check that you have rescue tools and CPR instructions clearly visible and accessible in case of an emergency. If there are swimmers in the pool, designate several responsible adults to supervise the pool.
Tidy Up Tripping Hazards
Tripping or slipping and falling are leading causes of injury in an unfamiliar place, so be sure that your guests have clear walkways. Secure cords and hoses to prevent them from causing people to trip. Clean up any objects on the ground, such as shoes, toys, bags, gardening tools, and other hazards. Ensure that your home and yard are well lit for after-dark festivities to prevent guests from taking a misstep in the dark. You should also be sure to clean up any puddles that form or spilled liquids.
If your Fourth of July plans involve grilling or fire pits, be sure to take adequate precautions. Keep children out of the grilling area and always follow all manufacturers’ directions. If you light a fire, supervise children and don’t let them too close to the fire. Always keep a fire extinguisher close when using a grill or a fire pit.
Many areas of Los Angeles have restrictions on fireworks, so be sure to check your area’s laws before planning to use fireworks. If fireworks are allowed, be sure that you are using approved fireworks. Always read the directions and only light fireworks in clear areas away from flammable materials. Keep a fire extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water close by. Follow all safety directions included with the fireworks.
If you have been injured due to negligent maintenance or safety precautions, our Los Angeles premises liability attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve. At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our experienced team is ready to tackle your case, no matter how complex it may be.