Summer is just about here and you know what that means… party time! From pool parties to backyard barbecues, summer is the perfect time to have family and friends over for some fun. But as fun as these parties may be, they do also bring some safety concerns. So keep reading for some great tips on how to keep yourself and your guests safe at any party you throw this summer.
When thinking about which foods you’re going to serve at your party, it’s important to keep the temperature in mind. If you’re planning on serving food that needs to stay cold, like meat or potato salad, you can’t leave it sitting out in the heat. This will not only make the food taste bad, but it can be dangerous to peoples’ health. So make sure to keep food that needs to stay cold chilled or in the fridge when it’s not being eaten. It’s a good idea to go with foods you know will be safe, like chips and dip or even fresh fruits and veggies. Additionally, you should keep your guests in mind when choosing foods — the biggest allergens include things like peanuts, soy, fish, eggs, and milk, so consider guests’ food allergies to ensure everyone can enjoy the food safely.
Summer parties often come with some form of fire. Whether it’s grilling hotdogs and burgers, roasting marshmallows over a bonfire, or shooting off fireworks, these activities are essential for a good party. However, they can also be dangerous if they get out of hand. This is why it’s important to always have a fire extinguisher on hand. If you’re one of the 79% of consumers who shopped online in 2017, you can order one online if you don’t already have one — or just head to a local store. It can also be beneficial to have a bucket of water close by when you’re having a bonfire or shooting off fireworks. Or if possible, keep your fires close to a body of water for easy access if things get out of hand. But all in all, you need to be prepared for the worst when working with fire.
Swimming in the pool is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. But pools can also be dangerous — people can fall in accidentally and kids can get injured if they’re swimming without supervision. If you don’t have some sort of fence around your pool that prevents people from falling in, now is the time to invest in one. You should also ensure the concrete surrounding your pool is not slippery. Slips and falls are the number one cause of accidents in public spaces.
Additionally, you should make it clear to kids that they cannot swim without an adult being there. In the hustle and bustle of a party, it can be all too easy for kids to sneak off for a swim, so make sure someone has an eye on the pool at all times. You should also take a look at all of your pool toys and The Floatys to make sure they’re in good shape and won’t cause injuries if used. And with the sun being strongest between ten o’clock in the morning and two o’clock in the afternoon, and with water increasing the sun’s rays, always make sure anyone in the pool has plenty of sunscreen on to prevent burns.
Summer parties are always a great time and by keeping these simple safety tips in mind, you can make sure people have fun and remain safe while at your house.