Thanksgiving – that joyous and exciting holiday that kicks off the season – often means not only an abundance of food but as an increase in the number of people in your home. Whether you are hosting the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you are providing a place for out of town guests to bunk or both, taking a few minutes to evaluate your home from the eyes of someone who is unfamiliar with it can help prevent an accident and smooth the way for a pleasant holiday.
Light it Up
Before your guest arrive, make sure that your house number is sufficiently illuminated to help people who are unfamiliar with your home avoid missing it. Ensure that the walkway or sidewalk to your front door is well lit and that your front porch has plenty of lighting as well.
Keep Steps and Railings in Good Repair
Repair any loose or crumbling steps or bricks that could cause guests to fall. Fix railings firmly to limit wobbling and ensure that any decorations, such as garland, do not keep guests from using the railings to steady themselves as they enter your home.
Watch for These Hazards Inside Your Home
If you plan to use folding or card tables that you do not typically use in order to accommodate extra family members, be sure that they are in good repair before the big day. Keep colorful candies out of reach as they might be a choking hazard for small children. Secure any loose rugs that might cause your guest to trip over them.
Make sure that hallways and stairwells are free of hazards such as toys and pets, and that they are well lit at all times. Ensure that the bathroom is uncluttered and fully stocked for the comfort of your guests whether they are just visiting for a few hours or they are staying overnight.