Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities for both the safety
of your family, and that of your guests. To avoid costly lawsuits or an
unexpected tragedy, follow these tips to ensure the safety of your home.
- If you have a pool, make sure it’s fenced in.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their pools
are safely blocked off, well-maintained, and safe to use. According to
the CDC, From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional
drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States —
about ten deaths per day and one in five people who die from drowning
are children 14 and younger. Many drowning accidents occur when a pool
isn't properly fenced or gated, the gate lock is left open, the lock
or latch doesn't work properly, the ladder leading out of the pool
is in the wrong position and cannot be accessed, or there was a lack of
supervision. Additionally, drowning can occur when a person’s hair,
limb, or body becomes trapped in the pool drain. To prevent these accidents,
fence in your pool, ensure the lock stayed latched and is properly secured,
maintain all pool exits and drains, and monitor swimmers at all times.
- Lock up prescription medications and keep cleaning materials out of reach
of small children and animals
In 2013, there were 42,032 accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.
Keep medicines and cleaning supplies out of reach of children and keep
the nationwide poison control center phone number on hand at all times.
- All firearms should be locked and unloaded
If you keep a gun in your home, the gun should always be unloaded when
stored. Stored guns should be kept locked up, with ammunition stored separately.
Hiding a gun is not enough when it comes to safety, as children and other
individuals in the home could potentially find the firearm. Additionally,
you should always lock up gun-cleaning supplies as these are often poisonous.
- In cold winter months, stay on top of snow fall by shoveling frequently
and put down salt to prevent ice
Homeowners have a legal responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment.
If someone slips and falls on your property and it was determined that
a safe environment was not maintained, the homeowner can be at fault under
premises liability laws. To prevent an unwanted lawsuit, shovel frequently
as snow comes down, lay down salt, and block off any areas that are unsafe
to walk on.
- Keep children safe around the family pet
Pets are a great addition to any household, but untrained or scared animals
can cause serious injuries in children and adults. To prevent a dog bite,
follow these instructions. Additionally, always supervise children around
pets and unknown animals.
Our attorneys are experienced in court and are prepared to fight for our
clients at trial if a fair settlement is not reached. We are aggressive
when seeking compensation for our injured clients and provide outstanding
legal representation in premises liability cases.