With the holidays fast approaching, its crunch time for many a host. If you’ve planned the days’ menu, have made plans to visit your local butcher or seafood shop for fresh items and purchased all the trimmings and décor to make dinner at your home special this season, don’t forget there is more than the presentation to think about when hosting a party.
Here are our top tips for keeping your home and guests safe and happy this holiday.
Careful Cooking is Key
If you’re hosting a holiday party and doing most of the cooking, chances are you’re pretty confident in your culinary skills. However, with the chaos of guests coming in and out of your home and the possibility that your attention will fall on things other than the pot of food on the burner or what’s broiling under the oven, things can easily be burned, undercooked or just not live up to the quality you’re used to serving. Avoid the pitfalls by ensuring you keep a close eye on the kitchen at all times. Even if a crowd is gathering, make sure that while meals are being prepared your undivided attention is given.
Be Cautious of Fire Hazards
In addition to food burning from being unattended, there are a plethora of potential fire hazards around the home when it’s the holiday season. A dry tree, lit candles, overloaded extension cords and flammable decorations can all become a hazard if you’re not careful. Keep a clean, organized space and monitor your fireplace use as well as ash disposal methods.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, around 156,000 fires occur during the winter holiday season which involves 630 deaths, 2,600 injuries, and approximately $936 million in property damage.
Keep a Watchful Eye
As the host it’s your goal to ensure the foods cooked well, guests are enjoying themselves and that the celebration is a success. One thing you want to keep in the front of your mind though is the responsibility you have as the homeowner for those visiting your property. If there is going to be adult beverages, keep a watchful eye that no one is over consuming or driving away intoxicated. If there is the danger of ice on your steps or walkway add salt, clear it away and make sure guests exercise caution so they don’t take a spill. This also serves as a great reminder that speaking to an insurance agent to ensure you’re protected in case of an incident is key.
Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year from Petruzelo Insurance!