With the holidays coming up there are some special things to consider. Guests, festivities, and added items on your to-do list make this a prime time for accidents around the home. Here are some of the items on Deborah Elliott-Shultz’s list of things to watch out for:

  • Rugs! Watch out for these hazardous accents. They can bunch up and cause walking hazards, aka tripping and falling. If you have elderly or young children coming to visit, it’s best if you can put your rugs away.
  • Holiday décor often takes up a bit of floor space. However, you’ll want to make sure that all of your walking areas are clear.
  • If you have a main level bedroom, consider putting your guests who might be unstable on their feet in it. This will help avoid any stair related accidents such as concussions and broken bones.
  • Poor lighting. The Christmas lights or other holiday ambiance might be beautiful, but it can be very difficult for some people to see.
  • It’s a good idea to keep your pets in your bedroom or somewhere else, away from the big events. Not only can they become a tripping hazard, but often the extra company can cause your pet to become anxious or nervous.
  • Chairs and Tables. Unstable furniture can cause problems. To keep your guests from crashing to the floor or having hot liquids slide their way onto a shirt or lap, replacing or removing these items will help everyone.
  • Extension Cords. These can be tripping hazards for guests and delivery people.
  • Consider installing a taller toilet. Older people have a hard time stabilizing, and this change can be quite helpful.
  • Sloping driveway. While you may not be able to change the slant of your driveway, it might be helpful if you allow your less steady company the use of your garage to get in and out of their vehicles on a flat surface.
  • Many people use candles for ambiance, religious reasons, and their scent during the holiday season. Keep an eye on them, though. A huge percentage of homes have caught on fire because of candles!
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide and fire alarms are in working order. Carbon monoxide is serious business. It is a heavy gas, so make sure those alarms are closer to the floor. And remember, there has to be one within fifteen feet of every bedroom!
  • Remember to keep the door closed. It’s very easy to trip and fall into it.
  • Fire Extinguisher. More than one fire has occurred because of a kitchen accident. Make sure yours hasn’t expired and that you know how to use it.
  • Olives, grapes, and hard candies are choking hazards. Make sure to keep an eye on young children around these items.


The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. There are so many small things not even listed here that we can do to help make our holidays fun and safe, and following this small list of safety tips can help keep it that way. If you have anything else you recommend for this list or have any questions about Mia Bella Properties and our flat listing fee, call Deborah Elliott-Shultz at (719) 641-1357.