The day is drawing near. You will be hosting out-of-town guests for the holidays and are wondering if you are ready. You’ve set up the guest room, put extra towels in the bathroom, and the fridge is stocked with food. Have you really done everything that you can to prepare for your company? If you haven’t checked your home for possible hazards, you could be setting your guests up for injury and yourself for liability.
Know Your Guests
Obviously you know who will be staying at your house, but you should also know how to inspect your home with their specific needs in mind. If you have children staying for a few days and don’t have kids in the house, you will want to child-proof your home. If you have someone who is elderly coming to visit, you may need to make minor adjustments to make your home safe.
What to Look For
When you are inspecting your home, look for common dangers. These include extension cords that travel across the room, area rugs that you are constantly sliding back into place and even loose railings or floorboards. Many of us have a list of the things that we want to improve in our homes that we put off until later. If you have such a list, take a look at it. If any of the things on it would make your home safer, don’t put them off any longer.
We are having a lovely, mild winter in North Carolina, and most of us don’t have to worry about the snow and ice. We do, however, need to watch for wet leaves and other debris. We also need to pay attention to any shifts or holes in our driveways and sidewalks. Walk where your guests may walk. Sit where they may sit. Fix those little things outside that may pose a danger to your guests.
Most people don’t think that their guests will sue them if they are injured. While this may be true, your insurance can still take a big hit if your guest is injured in your home or on your property. Don’t take the chance of having a guest injured this holiday season.
If you have been injured and need an attorney, our team is here for you. We have experienced personal injury attorneys ready to assist you today. Call us for your free case evaluation.