Avoid Holiday Party Slip and Fall Accidents
Now that we’ve gotten Halloween safely out of the way and the last jack-o’-lantern tossed in the compost, it’s time to get the house ready for the holiday party season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so deck the halls and don your ugly sweaters, but make sure you aren’t setting your guests up for a nasty slip and fall accident on your property.
Avoid slip and falls on the way to the front door
Most slip and fall accidents will occur outside of the home, but still on your property. The walk from the sidewalk to the front door can be ripe with hazards for your guests. With the Front Range and Denver area already seeing its first snow and the temperature dropping below freezing, you need to spend some time making sure your walkway, stairway, and the front porch isn’t going to cause your guests to slip and fall like Bambi on the ice.
Remember, your guests have their hands full of gifts and bottles for the host – or maybe a holiday gift giving game – so you want your guests to have solid ground and plenty of traction to get them safely to the front door.
Light a path to the front door
If you’re hanging lights in your garden along the top of your fence, lining your driveway, walkway, and staircase, make sure you aren’t stringing lights across the path where your guests will be arriving. Lighting up a path is great; it helps put your guests in the holiday spirit, and it provides a safety feature so that your guests aren’t fumbling around in the dark. However, too many times, we cause inadvertent hazards as we take the last string lights across the path to plug into the last outlet. Find a safe and non-hazardous way of plugging in all your lights without a criss-cross of strings ready to trip your guests.
Avoid slip and falls inside the home
Make sure you have plenty of doormats for your guests to wipe their feet. Tracking in snow, ice, and water from the outside is the quickest way to build up a slippery hallway, causing late arriving guests to slip and slide into your party. As much fun as that may sound, it could cause serious injuries that you may be liable for if you haven’t taken proper precaution to avoid an accident.
Liability insurance in the Front Range
The winter season, whether you have a full house full of holiday guests or it’s just you and your family, comes with many beautiful things, but it can also spell trouble if you aren’t careful. Snow, ice, sleet, and water can be the cause of serious accidents on your property. If you don’t take proper precaution to avoid these hazards, you could be held liable for any accident that occurs on your property.
Talk to an agent about proper liability insurance for your Colorado home, and step into the holiday season knowing that you have the right coverage, just in case.
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