Ready to Party? Why Fun and Safety Should Go Hand-in-Hand
It can be tempting to have children be allowed at the party. You might want your staff to be able to bring their kids and have them socialize without having to get a babysitter. However, understand that if something happens to the child, such as a slip or a cut at the office, then you could have liability concerns to worry about.
Consider sending out a memo before the party, at least a week before the event. Set the expectations of what people can bring and how they can behave. You want them to let loose, but you don't want anyone to go overboard. With children, it can be helpful to let parents know if there will be entertainment or not, as this could be a way that they would decide whether or not they will bring them. If you’re going to be renting out a bounce house or other similar entertainment for kids, be sure to let people explicitly know!
Whether or not to allow alcohol is one of the bigger decisions you will have to make. If you do allow it, consider putting a limit on drinks. After two or three beverages, most people start making questionable decisions that could end up not being safe.
Many doctors will tell you that people injure themselves in all kinds of surprising ways. From slipping in the bathroom to tucking in the sheet on a bed and injuring their finger, to slicing their hand on a broken plastic cup, anything can happen. With these risks already built into a party, try to manage the activities that happen. Eliminate dangerous movements and activities like dart throwing, dodgeball, or other things where excess movement or throwing is required. If you allow children at the party, choose activities that are less risky to minimize chances of injury.
Fun and safety should go hand in hand, and you can use the ideas above to help you create a safety plan for your next party. If you have questions, don't hesitate to get legal help. Consulting your legal professionals can allow you to see where safety liability might be an issue even if you overlooked it.
When it comes to planning an event for your company, there are a lot of aspects to consider. However, in addition to making it fun, make sure that safety is at the top of your priority list. This can help you eliminate the risks associated with liability and other concerns. You want your guests, adults and children alike, to have a great experience so implement the advice above and remember to have fun responsibly.