Festive gatherings of friends, family and coworkers are what make the holidays so special. For those of us who host guests in our homes, we want to make sure that our guests not only have a wonderful time, but also that they are safe in our homes, and when they leave it.
Here are some essential tips for hosting a safe holiday celebration.
- Keep your guests engaged and less likely to overindulge in alcoholic beverages while in your home. Consider planning party activities that will keep drinking to a minimum.
- Never serve alcohol to anyone who is under the legal drinking age.
- If you are serving alcohol to your guests, insist on designating drivers.
- Offer alternative transportation to anyone whom you feel has had too much to drink. If you can’t find them alternative ride, invite them to spend the night at your house.
- Serve dessert and coffee and close the bar ninety minutes before the party ends.
- Make sure you have plenty of food as well as non-alcoholic beverages available for those who wish not to drink, and for your designated drivers.
- Invite guests that you know are mature and will not over-indulge in alcohol.
- If you light candles, be sure to monitor them during the party. If you think you will forget about them, don’t light them at all.
- If there will be children at your party, keep them away from lit candles, fireplaces and other dangers.
- Watch for spills and clean them up immediately to avoid slips and falls. If you find something that might cause someone to trip, pick it up immediately.
- Wash your hands, sink, utensils and anything else that has contact with raw poultry while preparing meals for guests.
- Thaw food in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave; don’t defrost food at room temperature.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure foods have been cooked to a safe temperature.
- Use a clean cloth to wipe kitchen surfaces. Sponges or wet dishcloths can harbor and spread bacteria.
What other ways do you try to keep guests safe in your home? Taking these precautions can keep accidents and mishaps at bay, and can help you have a more stress-free hosting experience. Are you ready for the holidays? Tell us how you get ready to entertain during this festive time.