When visitors come to your home, there is always a risk that they could be involved in some kind of accident. This is part of the risk and responsibility you take on as a homeowner, but there are steps you can take to help you manage that risk. Keeping your visitors safe only takes a little bit of forethought and effort, and can pay off many times over the years to come. Here are some of the ways you can minimize common injuries that befall visitors to your property, presented by Five Star Claims Adjusting.
USE PROPER LIGHTING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
Tripping and falling may seem like a small injury, but these accidents can lead to large medical bills, particularly if the person who falls is a senior citizen. To minimize the chance of falls on your property, maximize lighting along pathways, doorways and any steps on your property. If you host barbecues or parties in your backyard, use strings of lights, fire pits, and tiki torches to illuminate the terrain and make it easier for visitors to see any uneven ground. Homeowners who have pools may want to consider installing lights around the perimeter as well as leaving any underwater lights on so visitors can easily see the edge of the pool.
TAKE STEPS TO MINIMIZE PEST INVASIONS
Pests and small animals that enter your home can not only cause damage to the structure, they can also cause harm to visitors. Pests like termites and rodents can chew on vital parts of the home causing them to fail long before they should. Other small rodents, like squirrels and chipmunks, may find their way into the home to give birth and become aggressive once their babies are present in the home. To avoid incidents related to these pests, make sure you are getting the home treated regularly with pest control and close any entrance points to the home that may be allowing them in, such as broken window sills, cracks, and roof holes.
TRAIN OR MINIMIZE INTERACTIONS WITH PETS
Training your pet to behave when company comes over is one of the most important lessons to teach them. However, if your animal has been rescued from a traumatic situation, they may not be ready for the stimulation of visitors in the home. In these cases, it might be best to remove your pet from the situation by placing them in another room or in a crate when company comes. This ensures that there is no chance of visitors getting bitten or scratched by your pet.
If a visitor in your home does suffer an accident on your property, do not panic. Your home insurance policy offers coverage designed to help in situations like this. To get expert help filing your claim and making sure that it will be approved, click here to contact Five Star Claims Adjusting.