Safe holiday entertaining is one of the most important things to keep in mind this time of year. I love going to parties. I love hosting guests. I love baking and filling the house with delicious smells. And I love when others host me too! But the one thing to keep in mind when thinking about holiday entertaining is safety.
I know thinking about safety can seem to take some of the fun out of the holiday spirit, however a trip to the ER will take even more fun out of your holidays! With that in mind, here are five tips for safe holiday entertaining to keep in mind this festive season.
3 Tips for Safe Holiday Entertaining
- Be wary of buying secondhand gifts. I’m all about saving money on gifts and I have nothing against consignment stores or neighborhood swap sites. I get some of my best deals that way. However, you should be careful about who you are buying from and what you are buying. Make sure you know the person you are meeting and that it is in a public place. Also make sure the product you are buying isn’t on a recall list. Be especially careful of baby items.
- Make sure laundry materials are out of reach of small children. If you are hosting friends or family this holiday season, don’t forget to put all laundry materials, including liquid laundry packets, out of reach of small children or behind a locked door. This is especially important if your visitors have small children. A recent study found that 81% of parents thought their children couldn’t reach the laundry packets, but they could! Don’t underestimate the determination of little ones in your house! To learn more visit KeyPledge.com and take the KEY Pledge to a safe laundry room and routine.
- Bake safely. While bringing kids into the kitchen to help whip up a cake, decorate some cookies or create one of your delicious holiday traditions is fantastic, be sure to supervise them fastidiously. Don’t leave the kitchen while they are in there. For safe holiday entertaining, avoid letting little ones handle hot pans or remove hot things from the oven or microwave. And when you are finished be sure to double check all the appliances are turned off. Gas stoves and burners are especially important to focus on.
What is involved in your holiday entertaining this year? Last year my family flew to Arizona to join in the rowdy and unbelievably fun Christmas with my family. (Twelve kids in one house is the most fun thing ever!) This year, we plan to have a more low-key Christmas here in Atlanta. But before then I have several Christmas parties, cookie exchanges, and a plethora of holiday activities. What a fun time of year! I pray it will be a safe one too!