(NC)—The summer is often a time for celebration—whether it be a pool party at an underground pool or family reunion, many homeowners find themselves playing host during the summer months.
Inviting guests to your home adds more responsibility than just entertaining your visitors. Hosting friends and family also means you’re liable for any accidents that may happen to guests during their stay on your property.
“Summer get-togethers can be great ways to reconnect with family and friends and create lasting memories,” says Wayne Ross, an insurance expert at Aviva Canada. “It’s important however, that you take accountability as the host to look out for your guests’ safety to ensure accidents are prevented both on and off your property.”
To better prepare for being a savvy summer host, Ross offers these tips:
• Serve smart: If you provide alcohol to someone who injures themselves or someone else, either at your house or on their way home, you could be liable. Arrange for a safe ride home, sufficient overnight parking, and don’t make alcohol the focus of the event.
• Swim safely: If your guests come especially to beat the heat in your pool, take safety precautions. Ensure children are wearing life jackets, keep lifesaving equipment handy, and never allow anyone to enter the pool after consuming alcohol.
With these tips in mind, you should be all set to send out the invites for any celebration. More information is available from your insurance broker or at avivacanada.com.