The Queen's Platinum Jubilee is just under a month away now and will see homes and streets lined with decorations to celebrate the big event.
But, Brits are being reminded to decorate their properties safely so no one comes to any harm. If you have any visitors who face accidental harm, the occupant or home owner might end up having to pay. This is because you have a duty of care to anyone coming to your home which means you could be liable if any accidents happen by decorations put up.
This duty of care means you should make sure your property is ‘reasonably safe’ including any driveway or steps. If you are aware of a specific hazard, you must take measures to highlight the hazard to those approaching your property, reports BirminghamLive.
It is important to make sure that your driveway, stairs or any other entry points to your home are free from items that could cause people to trip on or walk into. You could receive the hefty fine if anyone is injured by your decorations.
If you're caught using fireworks to celebrate the long weekend in June, you could also see a fine of up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.
The law in the UK is governed by the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 (Lawful Visitors) and Occupier’s Liability Act 1984 (Persons other than Visitors). You do not have a duty to prevent all accidents, but you are obliged to deliver reasonable care for the safety of visitors to your property.