Having family and friends over to your house can be a great way to build
relationships during summer. Before your visitors arrive, it is a good
idea to accident-proof your home. If a guest is injured on your property,
you may be held liable and sued for damages. In order to avoid this situation,
you can take simple steps to ensure your home is safe and comfortable
for all your guests.
How do you accident-proof your home?
Beware of floor clutter. It is important to remove any obstacles your guests could trip on. Just
because you are used to stepping over the computer cord doesn’t
mean your guests know to pick up their feet. Other objects such as toys,
electronic cables, sports equipment, and loose items on the floors should
be moved or put away to prevent an accident.
Beware of low visibility. Having enough lighting can increase the safety of your guests. This means
you may need to get a second lamp for the family room or provide an extra
lighting source in the hallway to ensure your guests can see where they
are going, especially at night. If the power goes out, you should keep
flashlights in an easily accessible place, like a kitchen drawer. It is
also a good idea to have battery-powered candles and matches to provide
further light in case of an emergency.
Beware of home hazards. Loose floorboards, leaky gas lines, and wiggly banisters can all threaten
the safety of your guests. It is important to fix any issues with your
home and inspect the area where you guests will stay to ensure they are
not injured by old or poorly maintained home fixtures. You should also
inspect and replace fire and carbon monoxide detectors and prepare an
emergency exit plan in case of an earthquake.
By accident-proofing your home before summer, you can increase the comfort
and safety of your guests. You can also help avoid the legal hassle of
litigation if a guest is injured on your property. At Leavitt, Yamane
& Soldner, our Hawaii personal injury attorneys have represented clients
in personal injury cases since 1971.
Contact our firm
today to schedule a free consultation.