How to Keep Your Summer Get-Togethers Safe! - Diamond and Diamond Lawyers
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2016

How to Keep Your Summer Get-Togethers Safe!

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Sunny weekends and getting together with your friends is in full-effect, especially when it comes to dealing with the recent heat-waves we’ve been hit with. Having a barbeque or summer get-together is a past-time that plenty of us enjoy taking part in, but it’s always nice to take a few extra steps when it comes to the safety of your guests. If you’re going to be partying around a pool, that just makes the safety of your guests that much more crucial. When you purchase a home with a pool, or get one put in on your property afterwards, it comes with an abundance of responsibilities. Not only that, but you should alert your home insurance company right away; they can make it so that your liability coverage extends out to your pool as well.

Pools will increase the replacement value that your home holds, but will also increase the potential for you needing to file a claim. If something happens on your property, the insurance company needs to know about it – because this is going to keep you away from any sort of serious financial consequences that may get passed down. If you’re having a party (and let’s be honest, adults can get rowdy in the summer too!) and there’s a pool around, here are a few safety tips to keep you in the best position possible:

Lock the fence that surrounds your pool, especially if nobody is currently swimming in itCreate a stern list of pool rules and ask your guests to follow them – it not only shows respect, but helps keep things safeImplement a sort of buddy system, as you want to make sure there’s never anybody in the pool by themselvesThe pool deck needs to be clean at all times (free of debris, garbage, toys and anything else you could think of)Don’t let anybody drink alcohol while they’re around the pool (or even inside of it) – alcohol and pools don’t mix, regardless of how well you can swimIf there are children present, always make sure that there is an adult supervising them

Not only is pool safety important, but the party as a whole needs to be accounted for as well. Make sure that your guests have a way to get home, and stop giving out alcohol about an hour before the party comes to an end. If there is alcohol present, make sure there are designated drivers and such issued as well! In some cases, it might even be necessary to obtain a Special Occasions Permit before you can serve alcohol – so make sure you’ve looked into that for your home region.

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