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Canada’s 150th anniversary is quickly approaching, and that means proud Canadians from coast to coast will be out celebrating the big day. Whether you’re hosting a special event, or you and your family will be out attending an event this Canada Day, remember to make safety a priority.

For Event Organizers

Event planning is hard – not only do you have to focus on high-level tasks like securing a venue and finding the right catering company, but you also have to think of, and plan out, many intricate details too. With so much going on at the same time, errors can arise and create safety hazards for both employees and guests alike.Here are some of the things that you can do to help mitigate safety risks when organizing your special event.

Acquire Permits

If you will be serving alcohol at your special event, you’ll need to obtain a Special Occasion Permit (SOP). An SOP describes the duty of care and the responsibilities of the event organizer and staff, and also outlines important ways to keep your event safe by:

  • Not serving alcohol to minors
  • Not serving guests to the point of intoxication
  • Providing intoxicated guests a safe transportation option to get home

Have Emergency Plans in Place

Unexpected accidents and injuries can happen, and if they do it’s always best to have a plan in place for how to deal with them. For example, if one of your guests experiences heat stroke and needs medical attention, your emergency plan should advise event staff to call for medical assistance immediately and provide first responders with information on the predetermined emergency access route to aid in a fast, hassle-free response.

Perform a “Dry Run”

A “dry run” should take place once the event is set up, but before guests arrive, to make sure you haven’t missed anything in your planning. Take this opportunity to scan your surroundings for anything that could become a safety risk to your staff and your guests including:

  • Wet surfaces
  • Tripping hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Food handling and hygiene
  • Hot surfaces


Get Liability Insurance

Even with the most thorough and careful planning, accidents and injuries can happen. When it comes to special event planning, you want to hope for the best but plan for the worst, and this is where liability insurance comes into play. With liability insurance you are covered for the cost of defence as well as any other costs held against you if found responsible for property damage or bodily injury. This helps protect event organizers from the legal liability of claims from spectators, passer-bys, property owners and others who could be suffering from an injury obtained during your special event. Liability insurance is beneficial for events including, but not limited to:

  • Festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Award ceremonies
  • Conventions
  • Trade shows

For Event Participants

If you are attending a special event this Canada Day, you should be aware of the fact that accidents can take place. It may be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the day and the activities at hand, but one of the best ways to avoid injury while attending a special event is to keep safety top-of-mind.

Know Your Surroundings

When you get to an event, take a chance to look around and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Are there any wires on the floor that may become a tripping hazard? If so, be sure to avoid walking back and forth over that area so you don’t become injured in a trip and fall incident. In addition to identifying potential dangers in your surroundings, make sure you also know where the first aid tent is located, in case you need to access this area at some point during the day.

Stay Hydrated

When you’re having a great time, it’s often easy to forget to stop, take a break and hydrate yourself. This is especially true when attending a special event that serves alcohol. It’s always best to have water readily available and to consume it regularly throughout the day. During special events in the summer – such as Canada Day -drinking water consistently throughout the day will decrease your risk of becoming dehydrated and over-heated.

When Injuries Occur

Special events are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but when an injury occurs, it can dramatically change your life. Depending on the severity of the injury, you could have to face a lengthy and painful recovery process that can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally.

If you are injured while attending a special event, and it is the direct result of negligence on behalf of the event organizer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers today at 1-855- 744-9228 to discuss your options and to start building your case.

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