Summer poses a special challenge for Florida homeowners. During summer, there are all sorts of new hazards to consider as well as more guests coming through your home. To avoid a Florida premises liability lawsuit or other legal action, make sure that you consider:
1) Pool safety. Summer is a time for lounging by the pool, so take the time to ensure that your pool area is safe. Install a good cover and a quality fence with a self-closing gate and lock. Install a good alarm system so that you will be alerted if anyone tries to enter your pool area without your knowledge. When actually using your pool, make sure to use good supervision.
2) Slip and fall and trip and fall hazards. Florida slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents are very common during the summer. If you have a lawn or garden, keep it trimmed to prevent tripping. In your pool area, install no-slip treads to prevent the pool water from creating slippery surfaces.
3) Child safety. With children home for the summer, your home will likely include your children’s friends. Make sure that you create a safe environment for everyone and use good supervision to ensure that no one is injured while having fun in your home.
4) Entertaining safety. Summer is the time for parties, but keep in mind that if guests get injured, you could be held liable. If you decide to serve alcohol, for example, make sure that everyone has an alternative way home to prevent Florida drunk driving accidents. Before your party, walk around your property to see whether there are any hazards that could harm your guests.
5) Vacation safety. If you are going away for a while this summer, you need to make sure that your property is secure. If anyone is injured on your property while you are away, you could be held liable. Make sure that the property is secure and that someone stops by from time to time to check up on it. If you have a pool, make sure that it is very well secured to prevent curious children from wandering into the area.
If you have sustained a personal injury in South Florida, contact the Flaxman Law Group to learn about your rights and options. Our compassionate staff at our Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood offices are always standing by. Call today to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your case.