Summer is almost here: Stay safe while having fun

Memorial Day Weekend signals the unofficial beginning of summer in the U.S. You and your loved ones may be planning a party this weekend or you may be choosing to wait until later in the summer to host a fun gathering. In either event, it is important to keep a few tips in mind anytime you have guests over during the summer. Failure to do so could result in harm to you or your guests. And depending on the circumstance, your guests could potentially hold you liable for their harm under the theory of premises liability.

If you have a pool or will be setting up any sort of water-related fun for kids and kids at heart, it is important to take special care. Children all over America experience injuries even when they are being supervised at residential and public pools.

It is generally not idea to make your own slide or diving board, nor is it a good idea to “improvise” these devices as anyone harmed on your homemade slide or board could sue you for damages related to that harm. Instead, purchase a slide or board and make sure that it has not been recalled.

In addition, if you plan to grill, make sure that you only do so outdoors. If it is raining and you don’t want to get wet, use kitchen appliances rather than grilling indoors. As grills can be fire hazards, it is important to keep anything flammable away from them and to check your grill for leaks if it is a gas-powered grill.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “Avoid Summertime Sadness: 5 Injuries You Can Prevent,” Brett Snider, May 22, 2014