Summertime BBQs: Keeping your Guests Safe
Cookouts are a quintessential part of any summer. We love having guests over to BBQ! It is just nice to get everyone together to enjoy the sunshine and a frosty beverage. But as insurers, you know that we are always looking for way to reduce risks and there are a lot of potential dangers whenever you bring a group of people over to your house.
What sorts of danger? How about a food-borne illness from undercooked meat? Or a loose floorboard on the deck that trips up one of your guests and injures them? Or how about the worst possibility: One of your guests overindulges and causes an auto accident on the drive home from yours.
To help you limit your risks of hosting a summertime BBQ, we put together a list of our top 5 ways to keep your guests safe.
5 tips for keeping guests safe at your next BBQ
- Before any of your guests come over, check over your home for any potential dangers: Be aware of any loose boards on your deck or loose railings.
- If you have a pool, make sure that the gate is locked (and it should be gated).
- Keep all BBQ grills on a level surface away from the house, garage and landscaping. Always wear an apron and oven mitt that fits up to your elbow.
- When preparing food, follow these tips from the CDC:
Cook – meat, eggs and poultry thoroughly
Separate – avoid cross contamination
Chill – quickly refrigerate any leftovers
Clean – wash all produce
- Set a limit and be aware of how much your guests have had to drink. If someone over imbibes, make sure that they have a safe ride home – DO NOT LET THEM DRIVE.
Stay safe and enjoy your BBQ!
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