5 Ways to prep your home for the holiday season. The holiday season brings a steady stream of house guests — some planned, some unexpected and some who never seem to leave. Now is the time to get your home ready for the siege, so you don’t find yourself a few chairs short just before the big holiday meal or scrambling last-minute to locate clean sheets for the guest room. The following tips will help ensure that the only surprises you face this holiday season are the kind that come wrapped with a bow.
Child-proof. Are there young children on the guest list? Falling TVs, furniture and appliances cause more than 25,000 child injuries each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Anchor furniture to walls and place TVs on sturdy, low bases.
If your home has multiple stories, install window guards on upper floors to prevent falls, or make these parts of the home off-limits to small children. And remember to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for the protection of kids and grown-ups alike.
Light the way. You don’t want guests twisting an ankle on the way to the party. Install path lights to illuminate front paths; solar-powered fixtures are tempting given their simple installation, but low-voltage fixtures perform better and are fairly easy to install.