While warmer weather brings thoughts of days lounging in the pool and family picnics, if you’re a homeowner there are things you need to do to prepare your property for the warm weather. When maintaining a home, some owners only think about what needs to be maintained in the wintertime – especially when ice and snow are concerned. Many don’t realize that there are potential hazards that could put visitors in danger in the warmer weather, as well. In order to avoid any premises liability or slip and fall issues, you’ll want to take the following tips into consideration when preparing your home for the warm weather.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior
The wintertime weather can do a number on the outside of a home. Snow, ice, and rock salt can put cracks in your sidewalk. It’s possible your gutters could still be full from last fall’s leaves, and loose railings might need to be adjusted or tightened. As it gets warmer, weeds can start to grow in between bricks and create uneven walkways.
To prepare the exterior of your home for warmer weather, you’ll want to start by evaluating the condition of everything and making a list of what needs to be fixed or changed. Once you have an idea of what you’ll need to do, you can gather or purchase your materials and get to work.
Emptying out your gutters will ensure there’s proper drainage when it rains. This will prevent the gutters from falling and prevent puddles from collecting in different areas of your yard. If any of your walkways are uneven, you’ll want to repair them. Uneven walkways can easily lead to a serious fall. You’ll also want to make sure the siding on your house is secure and any steps leading up to your house or on the outside of your property are in good condition.
If you have any summer tools, like lawn mowers, around, make sure they’re not in a place that someone could get hurt. All gardening and landscaping tools should be properly stored. If you have a grill, make sure the grilling utensils aren’t close to the ground. Ensure there is ample space to walk around the grill, so visitors don’t have to get too close and risk getting burned.
Make Repairs Inside Your Home
You should also evaluate the interior of your home and determine if any repairs need to be made. It’s likely you’ll have more visitors to your home in the summer months for celebrations, picnics, and pool parties. More foot track in your home means you need to ensure all the surroundings are safe.
You can start by examining the flooring in your house. Make sure all the stairs are secure and that all the carpet is in good condition. Torn carpet is an easily preventable tripping hazard. You should also examine the light fixtures and outlets in your home. Check for anything that could be an electric shock hazard. If you’re uncertain how to fix a wiring issue, it’s best to hire a trained electrician, so you do not make the problem worse or create a fire hazard.
Prepare Your Pool
When you uncover your pool for the first time in a season, there are a number of things you’ll want to do to ensure there are no hazards or dangers for those walking around the pool or for the people swimming.
First off, you’ll want to ensure your fencing around the pool is secure. This will prevent any unsupervised children from accidentally falling into the pool. You should also inspect your pool for signs of wear and tear. Make sure you have compliant drain covers. You’ll want to look for signs of internal damage like rips in the liner and external damage like rust or deterioration. Also, make sure you have lifesaving equipment in the pool area. This may include things like throwing rope with rings, a reaching pole, or a rescue hook.
After you’ve inspected your pool, you’ll want to make sure the area around the pool is safe. Look for signs of damage on your patio or walkways. Make sure there are no tripping hazards where someone would fall into the pool. You should also maintain dry walkways, as people are more prone to falling on slippery surfaces.
If you’ve slipped and fallen at a property owner’s home, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. When irresponsible owners neglect to take care of their property and visitors encounter hazards, the resulting injuries can vary significantly. To learn more about your right and legal options regarding premises liability laws in Vancouver, contact our law firm today.