Believe it or not, we are inching closer and closer to fall, with just over a month and some change to go before summer is officially no more. Of course, we live in Florida, so the changing of the seasons may take a bit of time to truly kick in with cooler temperatures. Even so, autumn marks the end of cookout season and the beginning of the annual influx of pumpkin spice lattes and candy corn.
Before we say goodbye to flip flops, hamburgers and pool parties (at least officially), we want to prepare you with a few cookout safety tips for your last hurrah of the summer.
Cookout Safety Tips to Round Out Your Summer
- Temperatures: Food poisoning is no picnic, and not something your last cookout of the summer should be remembered by. Ensure that all foods are cooked at high enough temperatures for the necessary amount of time. Also important is to remember that perishable items, such as potato salad, should remain covered and chilled to avoid spoiling.
- Safety: Your guests expect a certain level of safety when they enter your home, as they should. If your home has dangerous obstructions to walking paths, a dog known to be aggressive, or a lack of safety barriers to keep guests from accidentally slipping into the pool, you may be found negligent and responsible for their injuries. If you know of any potential dangers that lurk within your home, you must warn your guests, at very least.
- Alcohol: It is illegal to serve alcohol to those under the age of 21. If you are caught doing so, you may face a fine or even jail time. You may also be held responsible if you force a guest to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Be safe and, instead, make sure all guests who have consumed alcohol either spend the night or get a cab home.
Cookout safety is rather straightforward, but when fun becomes more of a motivator than safety, accidents can happen. Do your due diligence to ensure your friends and family not only have a good time but leave your cookout with a smile instead of in a cast or in need of some Pepto-Bismol. If you are injured due to someone’s negligence, do not hesitate to call our attorneys today. Enjoy the summer while it is here and look forward to a safe fall.
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