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House party safety guide: Have fun and be safe

Must-dos before you host your next gathering.

Friends at a house party talking in the kitchen

Birthdays, anniversaries, the last day of school, a sporting event, the end of a year - the reasons to host a party are as varied as the food, drink, and entertainment you might provide. But as fun as a party can be, you also have a responsibility to avoid house party dangers. Use this house party guide to stay safe - and keep others safe, too.

Safe House Party Checklist

MIND THE RULES. Check your lease or homeowner’s association rules about hosting gatherings in your home and/or out on the lawn. If you don’t own your home, you need to know the answer to “Can renters throw a party?” before you even consider inviting anyone over.

Guests at a house party are sitting around the table eating and talking

CHECK YOUR COVERAGE. Even a quiet gathering can sometimes lead to an accident, such as a guest injury or property damage. Contact your State Farm® agent for details about liability insurance.

Guests cars are parked along the curb while they attend a house party

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR - REALLY. Let your neighbors know in advance about the event and talk about any issues it could cause with parking. Share your number so they can contact you first with any concerns. Try to confine the meet-and-greet indoors or in the backyard, let guests know where they should park, and make sure any garbage left in your or your neighbor’s yard or public spaces like hallways is cleaned up right away. Monitor music and the crowd so you stay within the limits of noise pollution laws.

A man and woman at a house party are toasting with their drinking glasses

PROTECT YOUR PETS. Strangers and loud noises in a usually quiet home may frighten pets. Reduce their anxiety by crating your pup or putting your cat behind a closed door — especially while guests are arriving and leaving.

A woman at a house party is holding a plate of food while talking with another guest

STAY FOOD-SAFE. Take special care with your buffet: Wash your hands before prepping, keep raw meat away from other foods, cook foods to proper temperatures, and keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

A little girl is whispering to another child while at a house party

CARE FOR THE KIDS. Unless it’s a family focused soiree, hire someone to keep an eye on any little ones.

Coats are seen hanging in a closet while guests attend a house party

HOME GUARD. Play it safe: Lock up prescription medications and any electronics or valuables. Also, safely stash guests’ belongings (coats, bags) during the party.

A couple is seen close up while driving a car after leaving a house party

MONITOR THE DRIVE HOME. At least one hour before the party wraps up, stop serving alcohol and serve additional snacks. Organize rides or ride shares as necessary.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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