Learn how you can whip your home into shape this barbecue season.

Warm weather is here to stay and this means that it’s the perfect time to start planning barbecues and outdoor get-togethers. However, there’s more to hosting a barbecue than simply throwing some food on the grill. If you want to prepare your home for guests, here are some tips to help you get started.

Take Care of Your Yard

Since your party will be centered in your home’s outdoor spaces, it’s important to give your home a little attention before your guests arrive. Start by taking care of routine maintenance tasks such as raking up leaves, cutting your lawn, and trimming overgrown bushes. As you are completing these steps, check for any issues that could constitute a tripping hazard for your guests. For instance, things like holes in your lawn or exposed tree roots could pose a risk to your guests. Make sure you take steps to mitigate these risks; nothing ruins a party faster than a medical emergency.

Prep Your Grill

Another way to prepare is by cleaning and prepping your grill. Start by washing your grill grates thoroughly, making sure to scrub off any residue or grime. Additionally, make sure you have the right materials to get your grill fired up. For instance, if your grill is gas-powered, make sure you fill your propane tank; if you have a charcoal grill; then stock up on charcoal bricks. Finally, to reduce your risk of fire, make sure you keep flammable items (such as dish cloths, wooden utensils, and paper products) away from the open flames. Keeping a spray bottle full of water on hand can also help you keep your flames under control. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case a more serious fire emergency breaks out.

Review Your Homeowners Insurance Policy

Any time you are having guests over at your house, it’s important to take a moment to review your homeowners insurance policy. Even if you are taking other safety precautions, it’s impossible to completely eliminate the chances of someone getting injured on your property. This is why you need to make sure that your policy offers the right coverage to address your guests’ medical expenses. Additionally, you should check to make sure you have enough personal liability coverage to address your risk of an injured guest filing a lawsuit against you.

Try out these suggestions to prepare your home for a safe and successful barbecue.  Interested in speaking to an agent that can help you with your homeowners insurance coverage?  For assistance with your insurance, contact the professionals at Fullhart Insurance Agency.  Serving all of Waldport, Reedsport, Sisters, and Tigard, Oregon, and the surrounding areas we serve all your personal and commercial insurance needs.

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