Making sure your yard is safe for the summer could save you liability.
Your backyard is a fun place for the kids and for the rest of the family as well. But is it safe? Each year, tens of thousands of people get injured in backyards simply because the property owner was negligent in making sure that everything was safe for everyone. This summer, make sure that your yard is as safe as possible to keep you from being liable and avoid any unfortunate accidents in your backyard.
3 Tips on Keeping Your Backyard Safe This Summer
- Don’t leave your gardening tools lying around
The easiest way to have someone injure themselves while they’re in your yard is by leaving your gardening tools around the yard. Imagine this scenario: you did some weed clearing work earlier in the day, and the sun has set. Your child is having a sleepover and they decide to go play tag outside. As you’re relaxing, you hear screaming because little Timmy has broken his toe on the shovel that you left strewn about. Remember that everything must go in its place.
- Fertilizer Warning
Fertilizer is heavily concentrated to give your plants a big boost of nutrients at once. This heavy concentration, however, is not ideal for human health. It actually takes a few days for it to become diluted enough to be as safe as dirt. If you fertilize your plants, alert your neighbors so they know to keep their pets and children out of that area for the next few days.
- Test for Gophers and/or Moles
Do you have a mole infestation? We don’t mean members of your family leaking the family recipes to your neighbors, we mean the tiny furry mammals that live underground and dig a complex maze of tunnels underneath your yard. If anyone is unfortunate enough to step on one, it could spell big trouble for you. Error on the side of caution and hire a professional when it comes to testing for these subterranean animals.
Do you have the proper homeowners insurance you need to protect you from liability against the hazards that are found right in your backyard (literally)? To learn more about the policies you should have, contact Lou Aggetta Insurance Services in Pleasant Hill.