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Safety Tips You Should Know Before Hosting a Holiday Party

If you are planning on hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party this year, preparation time is getting short. But remember: haste makes waste. Do not rush things, or you could risk making a serious safety oversight that puts you and your guests in danger.

Always keep these safety hints in mind for your upcoming holiday party:

  1. Fire safety: Test your fire alarms throughout the house and never leave food unattended in the kitchen as it cooks. Also, be aware that open flames and wreaths look nice for decoration but create a major fire hazard when together. Only use candles on flat, nonflammable surfaces away from other items.
  2. Clean floors: Clear away any debris from walkways leading to your home just prior to the party, and make certain carpeting and tiling in areas where your guests could visit are kempt and clean. A slippery spill or lifted edge of carpeting is a recipe for a slip and fall accident waiting to happen.
  3. Child supervision: If some of your guests are going to bring your young children, you cannot have small, inedible items within their reach. You should consider setting up an area in your home for the children to play in, and designate supervisors before the party begins.
  4. Adult supervision: What is a party without a few drinks? To avoid anyone getting behind the wheel while intoxicated at the end of the night, collect the keys of anyone who is drinking and keep them safe. You may even want to assign a “barkeep” to control who gets their car keys, and who has to stay put for a few more hours.

In the end, you will hopefully have a pleasant holiday free of any accidents and incidents. Preparing your party carefully can help ensure this is the outcome. But what are you to do if you are visiting another’s house for the holidays and you get injured? You will want to contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC as soon as you can. With our Stuart personal injury attorneys on the case, you may be able to secure maximum compensation for your claim. Call 866-675-4427 for more information.