Charlie Scola (Event Planner, Charlie Scola Catering) gives expert video advice on: What safety issues should I consider when planning my party?; What safety equipment should I have for my party?; What safety factors should I consider when 'powering up' my party?
What safety issues should I consider when planning my party?
When planning a party, safety issues always come up. You want to make sure that you're not putting anything too close to a low railing. When you're having your bar, don't put it too close to the steps. That's dangerous. Also, keep in mind a lot of sprinkler heads, sometimes they're exposed. It's an easy way to twist an ankle. Make sure that all your areas are well lighted, even in areas that you may not be going in as the party guest. Make sure that the side of your house, the side of the venue is well lighted. A lot of this is for the vendors, the people who are using the side alley, and places you're putting the trash, because regardless of who gets hurt, whether it's a vendor or whether it's a guest at the party, it's no fun for anybody.
What safety equipment should I have for my party?
The safety equipment that you should have at a party? You should always have a fire extinguisher available. A flash lighter is also important and don't forget a first aid kit. Make sure that you have your local emergency numbers handy.
What safety factors should I consider when 'powering up' my party?
When powering up your party and providing additional electricity, you can have a licensed electrician work off of the master box, and what that means is that he's pulling additional power off of the main box of the house. This makes for additional power distribution. One of the other things to consider is if you're not going to bring an electrician, don't overload your circuits and never plug two coffee makers into the same plug. That will blow the circuit. A coffee maker takes about 18 amps. Usually your amperage on your boxes are about 20. But once they're done perking it's ok to combine the two, because then they only use about 8 amps per coffee maker, which gives you a little extra room.