Monday, March 17, 2014

Hey Student Renters,

Spring break is just around the corner and that means NO SCHOOL!  Time to celebrate!  Here are some smart party tips to help keep any partying you plan on doing fun, safe, respectful and away from the cops’ attention:

#1 Let your neighbors know your plans, and provide them with a way to contact you. 
This is a great way to show your neighbors you are considerate; it tells them that you care about how your actions affect others.  If they take issue with the party they will contact you, not the cops.

#2 Keep the noise levels reasonable.
                  Aside from frustrating neighbors, noise ordinance violation fines can run up to $300.  Hang on to your neighbors’ good regard, and your money.

#3 Avoid taking alcoholic beverages outside of your house.
                  Not only is it illegal (open container law), it attracts more attention to your party and your neighbors might not appreciate that.  You won’t either if it gets you busted.

#4 Provide drink alternatives to alcohol.

This is a great way to cater to your guests who don’t drink alcohol.  It’s also great if you have underage party guests, as serving them alcohol is illegal.

#5 For your guests that drink, keep their keys till they are sober.
                  This demonstrates positive moral regard, not only for your guests, but for the community as well.  Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and results in hundreds of deaths each year in Montana.  Please help contribute to a safer environment for all.

#6 Know your guests.
                  You are responsible for your guests and their actions.  Know who attends your party as you will be held accountable for the evening’s events, however they unfold.

#7 Have a guest limit for your party.
                  This is an issue of safety.  Overcrowding your house/apartment creates safety hazards for you and your guests.  Limiting the size of your party is another way to demonstrate your consideration for your guests and neighbors. 

#8 Designate one or several sober guests to be a party monitor and/or designated driver.
This is another tip that helps you show your guests and neighbors you care about their wellbeing.  It also allows you to keep your party under control.  You can’t control the actions of others, but you can create an environment that reduces the risk of negative occurrences.

#9 Keep your house safe.
                  Lock up the areas you do not want guests to go; you may have valuables you want put away, or areas that might be unsafe for someone inebriated. 

#10 Clean up.

Parties can be messy; clean it up as soon as possible.  This is a great way to continue to show your neighbors your consideration.

Remember, safety doesn’t have to mean boring.  You can still have a wild and crazy time at your next party.  These tips merely serve as a guide to help you create a safe and responsible environment for your guests and surrounding neighbors.  Good luck with midterms and have a great spring break!

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