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June 24, 2019 – As summer celebrations ramp up, AAA Oklahoma’s insurance experts warn of potential dangers to property and party-goers that call for special attention to prevention and liability protection.
“Attentive preparation and safe practices are necessary for cookouts, fireworks use, swimming and parties to be accident- and damage-free, and much more fun for everyone.” said Russ Iden, vice president, AAA Oklahoma Insurance.
BARBECUE GRILLING SAFETY
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the peak months for grilling fires are July, followed by June, May, and August, with 10,200 fires caused by grills, hibachis and other barbecues each year. These fires account for an annual average of 10 deaths, 160 reported injuries and $123 million in direct property damage in the United States.
“Before you barbecue, take a few minutes to review grilling safety tips and ensure your equipment is working properly,” said Iden. “Don’t put your friends and family or property at risk.”
Safe grilling tips
Following the tips above may help prevent a grill fire spreading to your home, but if a fire does occur, a standard homeowner’s policy typically covers the following:
FIREWORKS DANGER, IMPACT AND SAFETY
Many Oklahomans celebrate with their own fireworks displays, but these products, while legal in many places, are extremely dangerous and cause plenty of damage and injuries every year.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety for safe use of fireworks:
SWIMMING POOL SAFETY
Although pools are a great source of summertime fun, more than 3,500 people drown each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning is also one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 9.
“Due to the increased risk of having a pool, you must consult with your insurance agent if you have a pool on your property to make sure you have the right coverage,” Iden advised.
Have proper pool equipment
Learn and teach water safety skills
HOST SAFER PARTIES
AAA Oklahoma Insurance urges homeowners and renters to keep these tips in mind when planning your event:
Understand your coverage
Your homeowners or renters insurance policy may not cover injuries or property damage caused by an intoxicated guest. Familiarize yourself with social host liability laws in your state before hosting an event where alcohol will be served.
To find out more about what your policy covers and does not cover or for more information about auto and home insurance, call your AAA insurance agent or insurance customer service, or visit your local branch.
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