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Creating a Safe Home for the Holidays

Posted by Informed Families on November 11, 2023 at 8:17 PM

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and connection. However, amidst the festive spirit, it's crucial to ensure our homes remain safe and welcoming for everyone. Drawing inspiration from Informed Families' "Safe Homes Smart Parties" campaign, this blog aims to provide you with practical tips to make your home a safer place during the holiday celebrations.



Secure Medications and Alcoholic Beverages

The holidays often bring together family members of all ages, making it vital to consider the safety of children and teenagers. One key step is securing any medications and alcoholic beverages. This not only prevents accidental ingestions but also discourages underage drinking. Consider using locked cabinets or special storage areas to keep these items out of reach. Remember, the safety of your loved ones is paramount.

Alcohol-Free Celebrations

Contrary to popular belief, alcohol isn't a necessity for a memorable party. Embracing alcohol-free celebrations can promote inclusivity and well-being. Offer a variety of creative non-alcoholic beverages, like mocktails or festive punches, that are both delicious and fun. Incorporate games, music, and storytelling to connect and create lasting memories without the need for alcohol.

Try this yummy mocktail!


🍋 Lemonade
🍒 Cherries

General Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

As you deck the halls, remember to prioritize safety:

  • Fire Safety: Check your holiday lights for any wear and tear and never leave candles unattended. Ensure your smoke detectors are functioning properly.
  • Food Safety: Practice proper food handling and storage to avoid foodborne illnesses. Keep raw and cooked foods separate, and ensure leftovers are stored promptly.
  • Home Security: With increased foot traffic during the holidays, it's important to monitor your home's entrances and exits. Ensure your home is secure, and be mindful of who has access.

Creating a Welcoming and Safe Environment

As a host, your goal is to create a warm and inclusive environment. Be attentive to your guests' needs and ensure everyone feels comfortable and respected. Offer non-alcoholic drink options and have a plan in place for guests who may need assistance getting home safely.

The holiday season is a time for joy, not worry. By taking these simple precautions, you can ensure your home remains a safe haven for all your festive gatherings. Let's make this holiday season not just merry but also safe and inclusive for everyone.

Call to Action:

Share your own tips for a safe holiday season in the comments below! For more information and resources, visit our website and join us in promoting safer, smarter holiday parties!

Check out these other Safe Holiday Tips & Tricks here!

Topics: holidays, lock your meds, safe homes smart parties, alcohol use

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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