Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to do a little summer home safety check. Inside and outside the home there are new concerns during the warmer months, ones we don’t usually face in the winter time in Minnesota.
Summer Home Safety
Water Safety – If you have a pool of any kind – in ground, hot tub, above ground or even kiddie pool, there are things you must do to make sure everyone is safe. Never leave a young child near a pool of any kind. If you have an in-ground pool there are certain safety standards you must meet. If you are unsure of them because you recently purchased a home with a pool, be sure to check with your insurance agent. Above ground pools may not have the same regulations but caution is still warranted if there are children around. First and foremost keep the pool area locked so children don’t access the pool when you aren’t home. Make sure adults who supervise the pool area know first aid and have been certified to perform CPR. Watch your kids when they are swimming. Those who are drowning do it silently so you much remain vigilant while kids are playing in the pool.
Bonfires – There’s nothing so fun as a night sitting around the outdoor fire pit telling stories and roasting marshmallows. More memories have been made around campfires and bonfires than just about any other summertime activity. Just remember to keep children away from flames and don’t try to light the fire using gas or propane. Check with the local fire department to make sure there are no fire bans before starting a backyard fire. In drought conditions a fire can start very easily yet be incredibly hard to contain. Keep fire extinguisher handy when having a bonfire and be sure the fire is completely out before leaving the area.
Fireworks – In Minnesota we are still restricted to fireworks that don’t become airborne. That means bottle rockets and other fire crackers are illegal unless it is a professional fireworks display put on by professionals. Wisconsin does not have the same restrictions and many illegal fireworks end up in Minnesota anyway. Teach kids about fireworks safety and teach them common courtesy as well. Don’t allow them to light off firecrackers late at night. Not only will this wake those who are sleeping – including babies, but animals can be very afraid of the sound firecrackers make. Use with caution and discretion. Don’t let children handle fireworks without an adult present and keep a fire extinguisher handy.
Vehicle Safety – Cars are being broken into at record numbers in the Twin Cities, don’t be the next victim. Be sure to lock your car to help prevent the theft of your vehicle or its contents.
Home Safety – The same goes for the home. Most burglars gain access to a home from an unlocked door or window. Don’t be a statistic – lock your doors and windows when you’re not at home and at night.