The new year is coming up quickly and many people are looking forward to a night with family and friends on Saturday. Some may be planning on a night out of the house to ring in 2017, while others are planning to stay home with their own celebration. Regardless of your New Year’s Eve plans, keep it safe for everyone involved.
Don’t drink and drive.
We have been seeing the public announcements on the electronic boards along the highway:
- Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
- Drink, Drive, Go to Jail
- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Enjoying some champagne at midnight, with the new year, may be okay but have a designated driver. Many people underestimate how much alcohol they may consume on a night out celebrating and do not plan ahead. Before you even leave for the party discuss your plans with your designated driver so everyone is on the same page. If everyone wants to enjoy some alcohol with the party, hire a taxi or other professional driving service for your New Year’s eve plans. If you are worried about the cost, plan on riding with friends so you can split the expense.
Are you hosting the New Year’s Eve party at your house? Consider inviting guests to stay the night so no one has to get on the road in the early hours of the morning. If that is not an option, be sure everyone has a sober ride home. Sleeping safely on the floor is much better than risking any accidents on the road.
Use precaution with fireworks.
New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July are two of the most popular holidays to bring out fireworks. These treats can be a fun and entertaining way to ring in the new year. Before you stock up, check local laws regarding personal use of fireworks in the city you live. Some cities ban fireworks within the city limits and others may have a fire ban that limit the use of fireworks. Know the rules before you even purchase any.
One of the safest ways to enjoy fireworks is to leave it to the professionals. Find a public display of fireworks planned in your area. Many of them are free so you will even save money!
If you do decide to have your own fireworks keep some of these safety tips in mind:
- Keep them out of reach of children
- Read and follow all directions
- Do not consume alcohol when you are planning on lighting fireworks
- Use personal protection equipment such as safety glasses
- Only light fireworks outside in a clear area
- Have a water hose and bucket of water close by
For more tips, check out the National Council on Fireworks Safety’s website: http://www.fireworkssafety.org
If you are the designated driver, be safe driving back home after the festivities. Because celebrations often go past midnight, be sure you get extra rest leading up to New Year’s Eve. Driving while sleep deprived can be dangerous and can result in falling asleep at the wheel. Consider taking a nap earlier in the day so you are more rested before heading out late at night. Also, think about heading home before midnight. Celebrating the New Year is most fun when you are safe.
Make it a safe new year!