Holiday Event Safety Tips

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, your ministry may be planning on opening its doors to celebrate a variety of holiday events. It’s important to make sure you’re taking the appropriate precautions to help reduce the amount of risk to your ministry. 

Below are some precautions that your ministry should consider taking to help keep your staff, congregants, and buildings safe during a busy holiday season.

Practice Social Distancing

If you’re holding in-person gatherings, it’s important to remember that you should socially distance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the flu, and other infectious diseases among your visitors and staff. Place six-feet-apart markings in hallways to encourage distancing while waiting in line. Isolate chairs and tables six feet or more apart from each other.  As always, be sure to be informed about and follow any applicable local, state, or national guidelines regarding the size of social gatherings.

Maintain Coverage

The end of the year means expiring insurance policies for many organizations. It’s important to check when your policy is expiring and have a plan in place to renew it. Avoiding a lapse in your coverage helps ensure that your ministry remains protected if a covered accident occurs this holiday season. Help avoid costly financial and legal difficulties by ensuring you have the proper coverage in the case of a covered accident.

Is your insurance coverage expiring soon? Has your coverage lapsed? Find out if your ministry has proper coverage going into the new year.

Candle Safety

Candle lighting ceremonies are a common occurrence during the holiday season. If your church is planning on holding a candle lighting ceremony this year, make sure you’re prepared in case of an accidental fire. Avoid placing candles near areas of high foot traffic, and only place candle stands on non-flammable material like tile or stone or on top of a fire-resistant mat if placed on carpet. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire.

Remove Snow and Ice

As we move closer and closer to 2021, temperatures will begin to drop lower and lower. That means for some areas, snow and ice will begin to accumulate. Make sure that you’re removing snow from parking lots and walkways and using salt/deicer to melt ice and prohibit its hardening. Placing slip-proof rugs near entryways can also reduce the chance of slippery floors caused by wet shoes.


Additional questions?

We want you to be safe! If you have further questions regarding insurance or to learn more about  appropriate coverage for your church now and for the future, the United Methodist Insurance Program (powered by our exclusive agency, Suracy Faith) is happy to answer your inquiries. Contact UMIP powered by Suracy Faith at 866-203-0777 or