Make your Fourth of July event safe

Wednesday is the Fourth of July and there will be plenty of parties. J.Smith Lanier and Company, and the Hanover Insurance Group, have some tips for making your event a safe one.

•Let your guests know how you feel about drinking and driving and their need to be responsible about their alcohol consumption.

•Plan activities to engage your guests to take focus away from drinking.

•Provide plenty of high-protein foods such as cheese and meats to help slow the absorption of alcohol, and keep guests from drinking on an empty stomach.

•If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a fruit juice instead of a carbonated base which can speed the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream.

•Close the bar 90 minutes before the end of the party.

•Never serve alcohol to anyone underage.