Protecting yourself and others during holiday parties
The holidays are approaching and with them much anticipated revelry. There will be house parties and office parties to host and attend. Remember, at this time when libations flow as freely as the snow may fall, to follow these safety tips:
If you are hosting a holiday party:
- Remember to carefully place candles or use electric candles for ultimate safety. Avoid placing candles near flammable material or where party goers can knock them over.
- Remember to practice safe cooking this holiday to avoid grease fires. In addition, keep a fire extinguisher discreetly handy.
- Remember as you serve alcoholic beverages to family and friends that you are responsible for their safety when traveling home. Be sure to monitor your guests consumption and do not be afraid to take the keys of anyone who appears inebriated, call them a taxi or offer them a place to sleep it off.
- Remember that if “the weather outside is frightful” you are responsible for the safety of your guests on your property. Be sure to clear and salt all walkways and driveways, and make sure all entrances are properly lit to avoid any accidents. If you have an area outside your home that is dangerous despite your efforts (i.e. a construction area, sinkhole, sheet of ice) be sure that it is properly marked with signs or caution tape to warn individuals of danger and keep them away.
If you are attending a holiday party:
- Remember to drive safely. No texting, using cell phones, or drinking and driving. Either avoid these altogether or designate a driver to chauffeur you to your party destinations.
- Remember to drink responsibly. This is important not just concerning driving but also how you conduct yourself at the party. Drunkenness is not only inappropriate and unattractive but can cause accidents. Your balance will be affected potentially leading to a slip and fall. Your actions could harm not just yourself but someone else.
- Remember to be vigilant. This is a time of the year when there is increased crowds and traffic. This can lead to car accidents, theft, vandalism, and assault. While you can’t always avoid these incidents you can be more aware of your surroundings to help mitigate the chance of your Happy Holiday turning into a Bah Humbug.
From everyone at Walsh Woodard, LLC have a safe and happy holiday!