1. Address any injuries first.
  2. Ensure other guests are safe and secure.
  3. Take pictures.
  4. Quickly report the loss to the insurance company.
  5. Be sure to provide the names and contact information forwitnesses.
  6. If possible, secure the scene for the insurance company tovisit and complete an assessment.

No. 2: Responsibly 'fire up the barbie.'

fire safety tools

No. 3: Ward off foodborne illness.

U.S. Department of Agriculture—It is vital— Whenfoodsbacteria can multiply rapidly— Avoid serving— If warm takeout— Iftake-out foods— Cold foods— Use a foodthermometer

No. 4: Minimize pet stress.

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