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Tips on how to throw a safe party
Recently, there have been many reports in the media about parties getting out of control and people getting hurt and property damaged. This has resulted in the Queensland Government planning to enforce tough penalties on those who host what have been fashionably termed “Facebook parties”.
Whether for a birthday, winning a grand final or finishing school, parties should be fun, friendly and safe for those attending. As a host or the parent of one, you are responsible for the safety and welfare of your guests, as well as the fun factor.
Here are some simple ways to make sure your party is a hit and doesn’t get out of control.
Before the party
- Plan your guest list and site for hosting the event. If you’re going to use Facebook to invite people, make sure invitations are kept private to avoid attracting party crashers. Double check your settings before sending it out.
- Register your party with the local police station – they can provide you with advice and help in organising a safe event.
- Let your neighbours know about your party in advance. This will often lessen any concerns they have about parking or noise. Give them your contact details so if they do have any concerns on the night, they can get in touch with you rather than call the police.
- When setting up stereos try to make sure the speakers are not facing directly towards a neighbour. While you’re at it, turn down the bass as this is often what bothers neighbours.
- Make sure you have designated sober host(s) to check IDs, monitor behaviour and ensure the party is safe throughout the night.
- Catering is important at any party. Ensure you have plenty of water, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks for guests, particularly for those under 18 years of age.
Night of the party
- Where possible, try and limit access routes to the property so you know who is coming in and out.
- If you’re having the party at home, make sure you close doors to bedrooms and private areas to protect your personal belongings and property.
- Keep party goers and drinks inside the building to limit the effect on neighbours.
- Make sure your designated party monitors are checking IDs and watching for signs of intoxication or inappropriate behaviour.
- Make sure your guests get home safely. Organise taxis or ensure there are designated drivers available to transport guests home.
- If there are signs the party is starting to get out of control call 000 for police assistance.
The day after
- Make sure you clean up any rubbish in your yard and any neighbouring properties.
- Check in with your neighbours and get some feedback on the event, listening to any concerns they may have had.
- There may have been some partygoers who had a little too much to drink so give them a call and make sure they made it home safely.
- Get some rest.