Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or the 4th of July the family gathering can be a time of joy and cherished memories. With your family growing every year, your annual gathering may be getting bigger and bigger all the time. As the generations start to spread, you may find that you are entertaining children and seniors all in the same house and you need to be prepared for everyone’s needs.
No one likes to think about emergency situations during the holidays, but accidents can happen anytime. In a crowded situation, they can happen even more easily. When you are getting ready to host a family gathering, take some time to consider the safety in your home and how it will affect all of your guests.
Being prepared, when you have a crowd coming to your home can mean more than having your food and entertainment ready. The comfort and safety of your guests are just as important. With many age groups represented in a family, it’s a good idea that at least one person has emergency medical knowledge or a CPR certification just in case of emergency. Take a look at some of the simple safety issues that you should address before your next family gathering.
Many adults and children suffer from food allergies. Make sure that you have a list of any allergies or food items that you should avoid serving. Non-food allergies should also be considered. You may have a guest that is allergic to your pet or has a high sensitivity to odors or scents.
Some of your senior guests may be on highly restricted diets. Get their information before you start planning your menu and try to be creative about putting out options for everyone. Invite your guests to bring their own meals if necessary. It’s always a good idea to have some vegetarian options for the non-meat eaters in your family.
Babies & Toddlers
If it’s been awhile since you have had little feet running through your house, you should take a minute to do some quick child proofing before a family gathering. Set up barriers or gates to keep kids isolated to one area or level of the house and keep delicate or breakable items up high and out of reach.
You may have family members with mobility issues that will need to be taken care of. Always make sure that your entryways are clear of snow or debris to eliminate any fall hazards. Make arrangements to assist your family members on any stairs where necessary and get them set up in a comfortable area where they will not need to move too much.
Having your guests bring their emergency information with them can be a really big help in case of any emergency. Basic medical info and a doctors contact info is plenty for most guests. Be aware of any guests that may be Diabetic, have heart issues or a pacemaker and require special care or medication.