NYE: Fun But SAFE
New Year's Eve Safety Tips
Most of us look forward to this time of the year, where we draw close to our family and friends, and look back to reflect on the 12 months that just went by. Regardless of the kind of year we had, we always look forward to bringing in the next year with excitement and hope for an even better year!
Some of us get so excited about celebrating the new year that we may be forgetting to carefully plan for that New Year's Eve Party that everybody is talking about and will be at. Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night (in a good way!). By using some common sense and some careful planning, we can keep it that way. So make sure you have all of the following planned ahead of time:
DESIGNATE A DRIVER
This is probably the most commonly heard rule: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! If you have a friend that may prefer not to drink, make sure that they are the one driving you and your friends around during your celebrations. (This includes being on the water. If you’re planning on navigating a boat, make sure the person in charge of navigating it to be sober.)
MONITOR YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE
Most people are out drinking on New Year’s Eve; after all, they are celebrating just like you and your friends are. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have lethal affects. Be responsible.
As “happy” as you may be on New Year’s Eve, be aware of your surroundings. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm to you or your group. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It’s important to take keep an eye out for one another.
With so many people out partying that night, it’s easy to lose sight of one another or get lost in a crowd. So be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in large crowded nightclubs, especially for women, is imperative.
If you must drive (or if you’re the lucky chosen one to be the designated driver), be aware of your surroundings, drive defensively and call the police if you see anything illegal or suspicious taking place. As always, wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted.
IF YOU’RE HOSTING A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Make sure you have your guests’ interest at hand.
- Have a ride for your guests: Contact a local cab company so your guests can have rides.
- Juice, soda, water: Also serve non-alcoholic beverages for your guests. Have lots of water on hand.
- Plenty of food: Make sure you have enough food on hand so your guests can have something on their stomachs beside alcohol.
- Stop Serving: Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends.
- Sleep over: Let your guests stay the night if they wish to stay off the roads.
IF YOU’RE SHOOTING FIREWORKS
If you plan on shooting fireworks (where permitted), do so in an open area where homes and power lines are out of the way. Keep children and pets away from where you are igniting them and never re-light a firework that did not go off the first time.
Remember, partying on New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the coming of a new year, new beginning! By having a good sense of awareness and planning ahead for your New Year’s Eve, you can make sure that everyone’s friends and family have a safe New Year’s Eve!