5 Tips to Prevent a Thanksgiving Accident

If you are hosting people for Thanksgiving this week, make sure you plan ahead to ensure the safety of your guests.  Photo of injured man

Many people do not realize it, but when you invite people over for holiday gatherings, you are taking on some liabilities. Accidents during parties can include slip-and-falls and fires, which can lead to devastating injuries.

Additionally, if you serve alcohol or food during your party, you may take on liability if someone gets sick due to food poisoning or is involved in a drunk driving accident. With this in mind, here are some safety tips to avoid an accident at your home this Thanksgiving:

  • Avoid leaving stoves or fireplaces unattended, as many fires result from flammable items that are left unwatched. In fact, it is estimated by some home insurers that cooking mishaps cause about 69 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires nationwide.
  • Make sure all pathways are clear of slip hazards, both inside and outside of your home. Ensure that your entryways are free of torn carpet and that the sidewalks outside your home are not iced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the average slip-and-fall injury results in about $18,000 in medical costs.
  • Do not push drinks on visibly intoxicated guests. Make sure you have alternative forms of transportation available for guests, which may include designated drivers and contact information for local taxis.
  • Ensure that your food is cooked thoroughly to avoid issues with food poisoning. You do not want to hear from a guest later about how he or she got sick from eating at your party. You should also avoid leaving items out for too long that may be perishable.
  • Properly secure your pets if you think visitors may startle them. By doing this, you can avoid issues with dog bites or trip hazards, if your animals get unruly.

What Can I Do If I Am Injured While Attending a Holiday Party?

If you are injured while attending a holiday party, you may have legal rights, including holding a homeowner liable. You may be able to file a lawsuit, in which the homeowner’s insurer may pay for your injury treatment. This includes damages for hospital expenses and rehabilitation costs.

Make sure you document evidence of your injuries if you are hurt during a holiday party. Homeowners have a duty to protect guests, even if they are family members or friends. You should not feel remorseful about holding someone accountable if your injuries are severe and you are suffering due to their failure to ensure your safety.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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