Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, engagement, baby shower, or the season by having a barbeque with family and friends, a summer party in Maine can be an excellent way to unwind and have fun. They also pose unique risks to homeowners hosting the party. Here are some tips for keeping your summer party safe to avoid claims on your homeowners insurance:

  • Grill Safety – Barbecue grills contributed to an estimated 22,574 injuries in the U.S. in 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Prevent grilling accidents by:

    • Checking gas grill hoses to ensure they’re not blocked, cracked or damaged, before use.

    • Avoiding all grilling activities in enclosed areas or on a terrace or roof.

    • Always having a working fire extinguisher nearby.

    • Monitoring alcohol consumption of the cook.

  • Pool Safety – There are on average around 5,100 pool-related injuries per year, according to the CPSC. Avoid pool accidents by:

    • Getting CPR certified.

    • Installing a gated fence around your pool to prevent small children and pets from gaining unassisted access.

    • Having plenty of flotation devices available to guests and creating a rule that all children wear flotation devices when near the pool.

    • Ensuring there is a sober adult watching the pool at all times.

  • Drinking & Eating Safety – It may be the last type of accident you’re concerned about but drinking responsibly and serving properly cooked food are vitally important to the safety of your guests and to your liability as a host. Here are some safety tips:

    • Offer plenty of food to guests to encourage them to eat a lot while drinking.

    • Monitor any raucous behavior and ensure anyone who appears to be inebriated has a responsible ride home.

    • Use meat thermometers to ensure all dishes are cooked to the appropriate internal temperature to prevent food poisoning.

These simple tips can help to ensure your summer parties remain fun and accident free!

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