With the holiday season upon us, many people are getting ready to both
host and attend various holiday gatherings. While these gatherings can
be an excellent source of fun, an unexpected injury can easily turn these
events sour. If you are planning on throwing a holiday get-together in
your home this year, it is vital that you take certain precautions to
ensure the safety of your party guests.
Check Your Property for Hazards
The last thing you need during your holiday party is to have a guest suffer
a preventable accident due to a hidden danger on your property. If you
do not make a reasonable effort to make your property safe for visitors,
you could potentially face a premises liability lawsuit if someone suffers
an injury in your home. To prevent this from happening, it is crucial
that you search your home for any potential hazards and make any necessary repairs.
Look for all of the following:
- Exposed wires
- Sharp objects
- Torn or frayed carpeting
- Loose tiles or raised floorboards
Make Your Pool Safe
If your home has a pool, it is imperative you take certain steps to ensure
that it is safe for your guests and fenced off. Check the latches to your
gates and ensure they function properly. This is especially important
if you plan on serving alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is involved in approximately 70% of all
drowning accidents. If someone falls into your pool and hits their head, they could easily drown.
Encourage Responsible Drinking
Drinking responsibly is crucial. Do not let anyone who is not 21 years
old have any alcohol, and keep an eye on guests who may be drinking too
much. It is important that you do not pressure anyone to drink, and that
you serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages as alternatives.
Try offering the following options:
- Energy drinks
Most importantly, do not let anyone drive themselves home if they are intoxicated!
A good idea for hosts is to refrain from drinking and offer rides home
to anyone who has been drinking. Offering your guests the option of staying
the night can also be an excellent way to ensure their safety.
Contact The Odierno Law Firm
While you can ensure the safety of your guests at your own holiday party,
nobody can foresee the actions of others. If you or a loved one should
suffer a preventable injury at a holiday party, a
Long Island personal injury lawyer from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. can represent your interests and help
you pursue justice for your suffering. If we are not successful in recovering
compensation on your behalf, you will not pay us a dime!
You have nothing to lose – call our office today at (877) 379-5144.