A house full of friends and family is a recipe for a successful holiday
party this winter. But for every person in your home, there is also an
added opportunity for a painful or dangerous accident. To keep all your
guests, and your humble abode, safe and sound this winter, be sure to
keep these safety tips in mind:
Fire safety: Holiday decorations are usually either extra candles and lights, or dry
bits of burnable objects, like tinsel and wreaths. You
must keep these two forms of decoration separate from one another. To take
your safety even further, do not use open flames on dinner tables and
always have someone in the kitchen while food is being prepared.
Childproofing: If there are going to be children at your party, make certain your home
is prepared for them. No sharp edges, nothing small and inedible in low
places, and no open pool areas. Rearrange ahead of time for someone, or
a group of people, to be designated children supervisors.
Tripping hazards: Electronic decorations all around the house mean more power cords. Do not
attempt to stuff them under carpeting, where it could bunch up and cause
people to trip. Instead, get a professional cord concealer or run them
Barkeep: One of the worst dangers that can arise from a fun holiday party is overconsumption
of alcohol, specifically if the consumer needs to drive home later that
night. Collect keys from any drinkers and have a designated “barkeep”
stay sober throughout the night and only return keys to people who are
safe to drive.
Accidents Can Happen to Anyone
Even with the most careful planning, an accident can happen; the unexpected
nature of an accident is right in the definition. If you are hurt while
attending someone else’s party, you need to seriously consider your
legal options. You may need to file a
premises liability claim against them to help you pay for medical bills and lost wages as
Contact the Orange County personal injury attorneys at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. today for more information.