It’s almost time to get together with friends and family, put on your best Ugly Christmas Sweater, and feast for the festive season. Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re hosting a holiday event this year, you’re probably already well into your preparations for the big day. There are all sorts of things to consider, from what food to prepare to whom to invite, but one thing that should also be a part of your plans is keeping everyone safe. Here are some of our top tips for hosting an amazing and safe holiday party.

The Only Thing That Should Be Burning Are Your Dance Moves

December is the primetime for house fires, and while the glow of an open flame is certainly festive, leaving candles, your fireplace, and other burning objects unattended is a recipe for trouble. The majority of house fires are caused by unattended candles, so be sure to snuff them out when you’re going to be away. If you have a real wood fireplace, make sure that you’re only feeding the flames with logs.

While making sure your flames are controlled, it’s important that you keep flammable objects away from sources of heat. Place your Christmas tree at least three feet away from fireplaces and space heaters to avoid catching fire and be sure to water real trees regularly. Keep the number of lights you put up in and around your home reasonable, and check wiring for frayed sections and exposed wires.

Consider Getting Event Insurance

If your guest list is longer than Santa’s “nice” list and you are looking to book a community centre or restaurant for your event, you may be required to purchase insurance. There may be more reasons to get insurance than “just because you have to,” though. If you’re decorating the venue or if there is an outdoor component to your party, you may be introducing tripping and slipping hazards that your could be liable for. If you’re serving alcohol, your event space may also require that you get alcohol liability in the case that your guests have had a bit too much to drink and hurt themselves or others.

Unsure if your event needs to be insured? Call us with your event details to find the right insurance for your holiday event.

Know Your Alternatives When You’re Driving Home

When your event is over and the carols are all sung, it’s important to ensure that your guest get home safely. If you’re serving alcohol at your event, be sure that you and your guests know the alternatives to driving yourself home. Taxis, ride shares, and driving services are readily available in most cities, so getting home safely after a few drinks has never been easier.

Even if you aren’t planning on drinking, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is equipped for the weather. Winter road conditions can be unpredictable, so for everyone’s safety, be sure to have your winter tires on, brush the snow from your car, and be visible on the road.

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