This past summer my neighbor was over served at a local pub, went home, fell down the stairs and died. It was a horrible, senseless and preventable tragedy that tore a family apart.
So when RIDE Checks asked me to be a part of their campaign this year…Just like not dhttp://www.cocktaildeeva.com/wp-admin/post-new.phprinking and driving…it was a NO BRAINER.
Over serving at restaurants and bars happens all too often. Bar owners, servers and bartenders all want to make the customer happy. Let’s face it, telling someone they have had too much to drink is uncomfortable at best. Also let’s not forget the money making aspect of this.
In 1972 the Supreme Court of Canada decided there was a “special relationship” between a bar and it’s patrons because: as stated on Canada Safety Council.org
“The bar “invites” the patron to use its premises to buy and drink alcohol. There is a duty or responsibility on the bar to ensure that there is no “foreseeable” harm that occurs to the patron because of what the bar does (serving alcohol to a patron when he is visibly intoxicated and then ejecting him) and what it fails to do (take preventative steps – offer a ride or call a taxi or police).”
Establishments now have a “Duty of Care” for it’s patrons.
So what happens when you invite people into your home to consume alcohol? Do you as, the host, have a ‘duty of care’? Does your home or office party fall under the ‘special relationship law’?
What exactly is a ‘socialhost?”
A definition could include anyone who: as per Canada Safety Council.org
1. is not selling or supplying alcohol for profit;
2. is not an employer, or any position in which he or she has a unique relationship with his or her guests; and
is serving alcohol or condoning the service/consumption of alcohol on premises over which he or she has control.
Then there is the whole B.Y.O.B issue. Are you liable if people bring their own booze?
Unfortunately there is no exact answer. This whole area is as grey as it gets. However there have been many people successfully sued and found liable as a ‘social host’.
The real question is, how can you protect yourself this holiday season and really have your guests “Party Safe”?
Here are my tips for being a responsible Social Host…
As the host, don’t over serve yourself. Limit your alcohol consumption throughout the party in order to pay closer attention to your guests.
Avoid a self serve bar. I am all for hiring a bartender for the evening who has alcohol training.
Have MANY non-alcoholic selections. Create a signature Mocktail Punch for the evening.
Say hi and bye! This one is SO important. Greet all your guests to get a feel for if they have already been drinking. Say bye to EVERY single person that leaves your home to gauge how they are acting and see if maybe they need a alternate ride home.
Have a spare bed or a couch.
Only TIME will sober someone up. Not coffee or a slice of pizza or cold shower. It’s all about how much alcohol is in the blood stream.
One last thing to remember…If you have a guest that you feel is intoxicated and they refuse to take a taxi and insist on driving. You MUST call the police. It may seem dramatic but it is your ‘Duty of Care’ to do so. Imagine how dramatic an accident would be.
For more great Party Safe ideas and to learn more about RIDE Checks check out their website www.ridechecks.com
For more information on who, how and when you are liable as a ‘Social Host’ be sure to check out www.canadasafetycouncil.org/traffic-safety/social-host-liability
As some of you may know I have recently started a new adventure in my life…Because I wasn’t busy enough…I decided to buy a Bed and Breakfast!
Not just any bed and breakfast, mine has a bit of a twist to it…naturally…
Olde Bridge Place is NOT a traditional B&B…Here’s how it works..
There are 2 suites that are situated in a 130 year old converted garage at the base of the Kissing Bridge. They have full kitchens, living area, large bedrooms and gorgeous bathrooms. The larger of the 2 suites, The Kissing Bridge suite even has it’s own private patio over looking the river and the bridge.
I stock your room with FABOOSH local ingredients , fresh breads, pastries, eggs, bacon, fruit, juice, tea, coffee etc…and you make your own breakfast at your leisure..At NO TIME do I ever cook for you…
You have your own private entrance, you get your own key and you come and go freely. At NO time are you in my home…However you can join me for cocktails on the porch…
It’s a B&B only better…because you get your privacy and there is no awkward ..”I’m in someones house” stuff…
The B&B is located in the middle of the St Jacobs, Elmira, Elora triangle in the heart of Mennonite country..So many great things to see and do..
So..to celebrate my new adventure I am giving away a 2 night stay in the Kissing Bridge Suite at Olde Bridge Place…
BUT WAIT…that’s not all…you are about to get SPOILED!
I am also going to celebrate all the FAB local business I have the pleasure of working with…(shop local)
Here is what you can win…
2 Nights stay at Olde Bridge Place in the Kissing Bridge Suite – $370
Vintage milk painted side table from My Vintage Nest - $125
Gift Certificate to the FABOOSH Herrle’s Country Farm Market in St Agatha – $50
Gift Certificate from the drool worthy Lancaster Smokehouse in Kitchener – $50
10 X 6oz Brady’s Meats famous certified Angus beef baseball steaks – $70
Mini photo shoot up to 1.5hrs , 10 images included + printing rights 1 -11X14 print from CL Buchanan Photo - $600 !!!!!
HUGE thanks to all the FABOOSH local business that joined me in this AMAZING weekend escape…We LUV our region and want you to join us and see for yourself why it is just a wonderful place to be…CHEERS
Here is how to Enter…GOOD LUCK and we can’t wait for you to BE OUR GUEST!!
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