New Years Eve is a time to celebrate another years end. Despite the fun and festivities, safety should still be on the mind. Whether you’re celebrating at home or traveling to a party, here are a few tips to ensure safety while rejoicing the New Year.
If you plan on going out to celebrate, don’t drink and drive. Plan ahead and assign a designated driver who will remain sober throughout the whole night. In case of an emergency, write down the number of your local cab company and keep that information on you all night.
If you are the designated driver, be aware of your surroundings. While you stay sober, you can’t say the same for other drivers on the road. Drive defensively and be sure to stay clear from drivers you suspect are under the influence. Use seatbelts and prepare an emergency safety kit for your vehicle. If possible, avoid driving by sticking to local gatherings or by using public transportation.
If you’re hosting a social gathering, don’t let anyone drive if they are under influence. Try to contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests and book them in advance. Offer those under the influence to spend the night at your home. Or find someone sober at the party to take the intoxicated guests home. Remember to offer nonalcoholic drinks and plenty of snacks for guests.
For those going out, stay in a group to help ensure that nothing bad happens to you or your friends. Always know where you are going by using a map on your phone or plan your night ahead of time. If you are drinking, pay attention to how much you are consuming and stay hydrated. Keep your drink with you and never set it down. Unattended drinks have the dangerous potential of being spiked. Be on the lookout for the symptoms of alcohol poisoning and if you think someone is in real danger, call 9-1-1 or Poison Control-(800)222-1222.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets
New Years Eve festivities may scare your pets. Give them extra attention so your pets won’t run away in a panic. Runaway pets can be hit by cars, cause accidents, and become lost. Make sure all fences and gates are secure. Keep your pets in a comfortable room with comforting music to drown out the festivities. If you are hosting a party, don’t let your pet get into any of the food or drinks you have lying out. These treats could result in a sick animal. Likewise, if you’re going out, make sure your pet has plenty of food and water.
By following these precautions, being aware of your surroundings and taking these safety tips to heart, we can all ring in the New Year safely. Have a happy, safe and healthy New Years!