For many of us, festive gatherings with friends, family, and co-workers are one of the highlights of the holiday season. But any holiday party can become a disaster if the host lets guests overindulge, spread seasonal illnesses, or drink and drive. Here are some key safety tips to remember if you plan to throw a party this holiday season.
Relatives vs. Corporate Parties
Your approach to party planning should look very different if you’re planning to host your friends and family versus your employees. As a social host inviting guests into your home, you will need to consider topics such as menu options and how to make your house reasonably safe for visitors. If you’re a business owner throwing a corporate bash, you will need to think more about your liability for accidents and might even consider asking attendees to sign waivers. You will also want to check with employment laws and ensure you are not violating any harassment or wage laws.
Drunk driving auto accidents are more common during the holidays when people celebrate by drinking. One way to keep your holiday party safer is by investing in non-alcoholic drink options for guests, including mocktails and non-alcoholic beer. If boozy drinks feel like a must, try serving only beer and wine, handing out drink tickets, or cutting off the bar after one or two hours.
If your guests will be drinking, consider providing them with rideshare cards or codes so they have a safe way to get home after the party. Popular rideshare services like Uber and Lyft offer event transportation vouchers that are flexible and convenient. COVID-Related Hygiene
The COVID-19 pandemic might feel like a thing of the past, but new infections and fatalities are still occurring daily. Keep your partygoers safe and healthy by focusing on cleanliness, limiting party attendance, spreading out in different zones, instituting temperature screenings, and encouraging invitees to stay home if they feel unwell. Also, consider hosting several smaller departmental parties rather than one big company-wide party.
Providing your guests with healthy, high-quality food will prevent drinking on empty stomachs and give everyone something non-alcoholic to focus on. Remember that salty and greasy foods make you thirsty and more likely to over-indulge, so supply a steady flow of options like lean meats, cheeses, and veggie trays with dips. Also, be sure you keep foods at the correct temperatures to avoid foodborne illnesses.
Your guests are less likely to drink excessively if they have fun and engaging activities to distract them. When you make your holiday party plans, consider the preferences of your invitees and organize functions you know they will enjoy, like games, raffle drawings, or trivia contests. Avoid activities or decorations that might encourage inappropriate behaviors, such as hanging mistletoe.
Legal Obligations as the Host
If you provide alcohol as a social host in South Carolina, you could be liable if an intoxicated guest goes on to injure someone else. Be especially careful if you are hosting minors at your holiday get-together. You will also need to check for possible hazards and correct them to avoid premises liability accidents.
If You Do Get into a Car Accident…
If you or someone you love is hurt in a car accident after a get-together this holiday season, contact the DUI accident lawyers at Stewart Law Offices. We can review your situation and explain your legal options during a free initial consultation with a South Carolina car accident lawyer.