How to Keep Guests Safe

safetyfirstEven though summer is over, it is does not mean you can’t have guests over at your place.  In fact, it may just even be better as cooler temperatures are simply perfect for parties.  You can choose to grill up barbeques or just camp around your big TV and watch some Netflix movies.

While fun is meant to be fun, it does not mean that it cannot be safe.  If you have guests at your home, it is in your best interest to keep both your home and your guests safe.  There is really nothing wrong if you prepare things methodically.

The list below show how to do it without messing the mood or party

1. Cage you pet pooch for the meantime

It can be said that a bite is worse than any bark.  Even if your dog is very docile and will not hurt even a fly, it cannot always be said when it gets frightened if there is a crowd on its territory, especially in cases where your dog finds it difficult to find you amongst the crowd.

The worst thing that can happen is that you have a guest that is uncomfortable around with animals get bitten.  This poses a big problem as dog bites actually account for more than $483 million in liability claims for the year 2013 as per Insurance Information Institute.  The average payout for dog bite is $27,850.

This is why you should make sure that your pet doggie is secured somewhere safe so as to prevent any contact between your pet and your guests.

2. Clear all danger

Before the schedule party date, make sure to clear all dangers on both inside and outside of your property.  Look for clutter or anything that can make your guests slip or fall.  Make sure the steps or railings in your deck and patio are not loose.  Also check for nail issues that may trip or puncture the feet of your guests.  Try to hide away any electrical cords, peeled rugs, or slippery mats where they can trip and injure themselves.

If a guest does trip and get injured, you can review your professional liability insurance policy for help.  It provides two types of liability coverage – against lawsuit or payment of medical expenses.

3. First things first

If you have a lot of guest coming over, make sure to guide them on their parking.  Inform them if there is a nearby vacant lot which they can use.  If they need to park on the side street, be sure to suggest where their cars will be safe and will not get towed.

4. Collect all car keys

Once your guests are safely seated in your home, if you are going to serve alcohol at the party, try to collect all their car keys and jokingly say that it is their admission price.  This is very useful so that when they attempt to leave, they will first go to you to get their keys.  You will then have a chance to determine if they are fit to drive or simply have them stay for the night until they get sober.  Basically, this will be your way of helping them avoid any road accidents or get caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

5. Get a bartender

If you do not feel comfortable judging your friend’s sobriety, maybe you would want to consider hiring a bartender who has been trained in making that kind of call.  Additionally, your hired bartender will have an idea if any particular guests have consumed large amounts of alcohol.

6. Be snacky

A lot of guests want alcohol and the best way to alleviate them from drinking too much is to serve food often.  This will manage a bit of their alcohol consumption as they will be eating their way into your food instead of drinking away.

7. Last call

Since you will be serving alcohol in your party, make sure that you and your guest have an agreed time on what time the party will finish.  Make it a point to stop serving alcohol an hour prior to the agreed time so your guests can sober up a bit.

8. Call it a night

Drunk driving and drowsy driving is a huge threat not just for your guests, but also for other motorists.  Make sure to set your end party time conveniently wherein your guests are not too drunk or too tired or sleepy to drive back home.

Proper planning for your house party can be very helpful for your guests.  Taking in the ideas on this list will help you prepare for safer parties for your guests.  After all, it is not only the fun you want in a party, but also knowing that your guests got home safe and sound.