A summertime pool party can bring your neighborhood together and create some fond memories. However, you want to make sure your guests stay safe from a slip-and-fall accident on the deck.
Taking precautions, as well as informing your guests of general safety rules, can mitigate some of these risks. Your diligence could be the reason everyone has a good time and goes home without an injury.
Declutter the space
Clean up the space on your pool deck. Store loose pool toys in a large box out of the way of high-traffic areas. Arrange furniture in a manner that does not obstruct walkways or stick out awkwardly which could cause someone to trip. Provide a place for guests to store their personal belongings. Keeping the pool deck free of clutter and debris can make it more inviting and safer.
Install anti-slip mats
Anti-slip mats are helpful and a budget-friendly option. According to Safe Step, you can also reduce the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident with certain deck materials. The material you use on your pool deck should have water resistance and reflect heat. Putting mats in areas where there is a higher risk of slipping, such as near stairs, can improve the safety of the area.
Avoid alcoholic beverages
Serving alcohol can make for a good time, but it might also increase safety risks for your guests. When people drink alcohol, they might be less able to control their movements or have clear vision. Being a responsible host may not only reduce some of the angst you feel about an injury happening but also provide your guests with an environment where they can mingle safely.
Doing your due diligence may also protect you from the risks of litigation if someone does suffer an injury on your property.