Labor Day is the final major holiday of summer and the perfect time for Pennsylvania residents to invite their friends and family over for a backyard barbecue. Unfortunately, it is also an infamous holiday often associated with several different types of injuries caused by people who take their celebrations too far.
Homeowners that plan on throwing a get-together at their place need to understand how crucial their role is as the party host. They have a duty to provide a safe environment and to make sure none of their guests are seriously injured during their stay. Here are some ways that they can prevent any chaos from emerging:
Keep a close eye on the grill
Since this is a popular weekend for barbecues, the fire department often has their hands full around this holiday. It may have been a long time since the homeowner turned on the grill, so they need to make sure it is properly cleaned and is not too close to any combustible materials before they turn it on.
As they start making burgers and hot dogs, they need to avoid abandoning the grill for a long period of time. Leaving unattended equipment is the leading cause in house cooking-related fires. If they have other matters to attend to during the grilling, they should leave someone experienced with a grill in charge.
Strip the lawn of fall hazards
Depending on how many people the host is inviting, it can be difficult to look out for all attendees at once. The host will have less to worry about if they prepare their lawns properly for the party by getting rid of common fall hazards. Some ways they can make their backyards safer is by:
- Mowing the lawn
- Getting rid of large branches and rocks
- Having enough lighting for the later hours
- Putting their kid’s toys away
- Having a wet floor sign if there is a pool
- Not putting tables and chairs on slanted hills
If they have any younger guests attending that will play games while the adults socialize, they should try to keep them in a safe, separate area away from the dangerous grilling equipment and other potentially hazardous places in their yards where they could hurt themselves.
Don’t serve drunk guests
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths during Labor Day, and many of these drivers are coming from house parties that served alcohol. It is illegal in Pennsylvania for hosts to serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated guest, so they need to look out for warning signs and refuse to offer alcoholic beverages if it is clear the attendee should not drink anymore for the night.
If you attend a neighbor’s Labor Day barbecue and end up with a serious injury on their property, you should consider contacting an attorney to see what your legal options are for their negligence.