We are in the middle of the holiday season. This is a time for cold weather, warm blankets and festive get-togethers with family and friends. As you plan your holiday parties, we hope that you will not only think about the décor and entertainment, but also plan for the safety of your guests. Consider these safe holiday party hosting guidelines:
If minors are going to be present at the event, consider hosting an alcohol-free party. As an adult or parent, you have the power to influence teens by setting a good example.
Offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers, youth or for guests that choose to not drink.
Be a responsible host. Abstain from drinking as an example to your driving guests. Let your guests know upfront that if they choose to drink, they will need to arrange for someone else to take them home.
Refrain from making alcohol the center of your event. Entertain your friends and family with delicious food, games, entertainment and games instead of focusing on alcohol.
Hold your guests accountable. If you know that someone has been drinking, don’t let them get behind the wheel of a car. Remember that buzzed driving is the same as drunk driving.
Personally say goodbye to each guest as they leave the event. Watch for signs of impairment including slurred speech, staggering walk, slow reaction times and lowered reasoning ability.
Make sure everyone has a safe ride home. Personally offer to drive a guest home, arrange for a friend to take them or call a taxi for them.