Throwing a Safe Party at Your Home By Melissa Esham 3/29/2016 I am not 16 years old. I have owned my own home for a lot of years. My mother has Parkinson's and lives with my son and myself in our home in Berlin. And although I wouldn't wish it any other way, when I dropped her off at the airport to visit my sister for two weeks, I wanted to throw a party. I felt like a teenager all over again and I wanted all my friends to come over and hang out! I didn't do that, I did laundry, but I thought about it and figured we need some reminders about how to have a party safely in your home. Slips and falls are the most common dangers in residential properties. To protect your guests, clear your driveway and sidewalks of snow and ice, and make sure that rugs or cords don’t create tripping hazards. If you serve alcohol during a party, you can be held liable for a guest who becomes intoxicated and then drives home. Make sure that none of your guests overindulge, and always have a backup plan so no one drinks and drive. Unattended children at a party can get injured or cause damage to your property, so it’s a good idea to provide them with a supervisor. Excessive noise could become a nuisance to your guests and neighbors. Don’t be afraid of turning down the volume of any music or other entertainment at your party, or of asking guests to quiet down. If you have pets, they could become agitated or even aggressive toward your guests due to the noise from the party. Consider putting your pets in a closed bedroom to keep them calm and your guests safe. Valuable and fragile items aren’t always covered under a typical homeowners policy. Take a moment to think about where your guests will gather during the party, and move any valuable or fragile items from that area. If you decide to have a get together, a celebration, a fun night... invite me! I will try my best not evaluate your home for potential risk! Thanks for reading!