Reducing the chance of a public liability claim at your next party

Hosting a party for a birthday or any other occasion can be a lot of fun. However, it is important that both you and your guests are safe at all times. If an injury occurs on your private property, you may be made responsible in a public liability claim for a breach of duty of care. It is important that you keep everyone safe to the best of your ability while they are on your premises. Below are just some ways you can make this happen.

1. Tie things down

This means anything that could be knocked down or tripped over. This could be things like microphone and light stands, portable gazebos or anything with small poles and ropes that could get tangles or be tripped over. Weigh them down with sand bags and make sure pegs secure them to the ground if possible.

2. Put up signs

Signs can be used for a number of things – potentially hazardous areas, where the toilet is, where to get water and more. In order to avoid someone getting injured on your property, clearly sign these kinds of areas so your guests know what to avoid and where to go to avoid dehydration or any other accidents that may lead to injury.

3. Keep popular areas clean and dry

Dance floors, tables, bathrooms and anywhere that people may be walking or running around should be kept dry and clean. Slip and fall claims are one of the most common types of public liability claims made, so it is vital to keep high traffic areas clean and dry so that no one slips on wet floors or trips over objects.

4. Register your party

Register your party with the police through the Party Safe program.

Although this doesn’t protect you from a public liability claim, it does mean that the Police have all the details about your party so if any problems arise it can be dealt with in a quick and efficient manner.

If, despite these measures, something does happen at your party and you need to make a claim you can call us on 1800 007 277 for an obligation free consultation about your claim.

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