Are you excited to welcome family and friends into your home during the holidays? It’s that time of the year again, when we get to spend time with our loved ones while enjoying a cup of eggnog and warming up by the fireplace. Holidays are bound to be fun and memorable, but you need to consider a lot of preparations in order to host gatherings in your own house. For starters, the sheer number of people may expose your house to wear and tear, as well as an increase in power demand.
In other words, you need to ask yourself this question: Is your home ready to welcome guests this holiday season?
Tips To Prepare Your Home For Holiday Gatherings
If you’re anxious about home-related concerns during the holidays, here’s a quick guide on how to prepare your house in time for hosting holiday parties:
Clear the entrance
The entry doorway is the first access point of your guests as they go inside your home. Make sure that there are no obstructions in the doorway, such as shoes, toys, and electrical wiring. It’s probably best to sweep this part of the house a few hours before the guests arrive.
Provide storage areas
Aside from keeping your things in their proper places, having extra storage spaces allows your guests to safekeep their suitcases and coats. That way, your home doesn’t have a lot of clutter lying around, which could potentially cause trips and fire hazards.
Childproof your house
It’s possible for your guests to bring kids in your holiday gathering, and so you need to consider childproofing your home. You may keep your house safe for children by covering exposed power outlets, sealing sharp corners, hiding sharp objects, and installing baby gates for stairs.
It has become tradition to decorate the home during the holidays, but try to think about safety when putting décor. Some safe decorating options include the following: putting wires of lighting fixtures out of reach, keeping decorations away from the fireplace, and avoiding too many electrical items plugged into the same outlet.
Check your home safety systems
This may be a good time to check if your smoke alarms are working properly. Also, formulate a fire escape plan ahead of time, in order to avoid panic and wrong decisions in case of emergency.
Preparing your home ahead of time allows you to focus more on what matters during your holiday hosting duties: enjoying the company of your house guests. With safety precautions and maintenance concerns already in check, you’re bound to have the time of your life with family and friends during the holidays. Need some help getting your home set up for the holidays? Reach out to Wire Craft and we’ll send one of our expert electricians to your home to help.