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How can homeowners prepare for Florida summers in the backyard?

Even though much of the country is still dealing with snow, ice and general winter woes, the spring and summer weather in Florida is just around the corner. With that in mind, it is a good time to discuss some simple ways that homeowners and renters can ensure that their backyards are ready for company. When backyards aren't prepared, visitors can get hurt.

What can I do with play things in the yard?

Playsets and trampolines should be inspected to ensure that they are in good condition. They should also be properly secured. Failing to secure the items can lead to issues with stability while they are being used by children or adults.

What should I do about fire pits and BBQ pits?

Homeowners should make sure that any BBQ pits and fire pits are placed in an area where they can be supervised. Remember that even after the fire has been put out, the coals can still be hot. If the BBQ pit is gas operated, ensure that all connections are secure and in good repair. Most importantly, keep an appropriate fire extinguisher nearby in case there is an unwanted fire.

What can I do to make my pool safer?

The owner of the pool is responsible for making sure that nobody can get into the pool unattended. Properly securing the pool is a vital step to ensure summer safety. Additionally, ensuring that appropriate materials are used in the walkways around the pool is vital to ensure that slip and fall accidents don't occur. Demanding proper diving and jumping in guidelines be followed can also prevent harm.

What about lawn care equipment?

Lawn care equipment is a common attractor for children, but it is very dangerous for them to play on. These attractive nuisances should be secured at all times to avoid injury. Also, don't allow children to ride on them as passengers.

As a visitor to someone else's home, you have the right to ensure that the area is safe for you and your family. If you are injured on someone else's property, you might opt to seek compensation.

Source: Travelers, "Backyard safety tips" accessed Mar. 04, 2015

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