Celebrate Safely – Tips For Hosting Gatherings

With the New Year upon us, many will be celebrating with friends and loved ones as we welcome in 2023. If you are planning on hosting a small get-together or throwing a big bash, it’s important you are providing a safe environment for you and your guests.

Tips for Planning Events

  • Let your neighbors know you’re hosting a party.
  • Limit party invitations to guests that you know.
  • Avoid allowing anyone into your home you are unfamiliar with.
  • Encourage your guests to have designated drivers.
  • Provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages (such as coffee, tea, soft drinks) for guests.
  • Stop serving alcohol well before the end of the party. Switch to non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not serve alcohol to guests who are visibly intoxicated and never serve alcohol to minors.
  • Consider hiring a professional bartender. Most bartenders are trained to recognize signs of intoxication and can help to limit alcohol consumption.
  • If guests are intoxicated or too tired to drive home, arrange a ride with a sober guest, call alternative transportation, or arrange for overnight accommodations.
  • Be a responsible host and limit your own alcohol intake so you are better able to judge your guests’ sobriety

Understand your coverage

Your homeowners or renters insurance policy may not cover injuries or property damage caused by intoxicated guests. Familiarize yourself with social host liability laws in your state before hosting an event where alcohol will be served.

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