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New Year's Eve

...Safety Tips

New Year's Eve is a special time of year when we celebrate the coming year.  Make safety a priority this year as you participate in the festivities.  Whether you are staying in and celebrating with family and friends, or traveling to a party, use these safety tips to have a safe evening.

Designate a Driver

"Don't Drink and Drive" is always the best policy.  If you will be drinking this New Year's, stay safe by designating a driver who will not be drinking.  

Planning to go out on the lake? Water safety is a must if you are planning to drink while enjoying the water.  The person in charge of navigating the boat needs to be cautious, so designate someone who will not be drinking during your boating excursion.

Be Alert

While enjoying the festivities in a crowd, always be alert to your surroundings.  Stay away from others who are out of control and might cause harm.  If someone in your group is really intoxicated, be a true friend and don't let them drive. It is important to keep an eye out for each other.

Don't Drive

Safety for you, your family and friends is important.  If you don't have to get out on the road, then don't.  More people will be driving under the influence on this night, than any other.  If you do have to drive, then be alert and drive defensively.  Wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone with you wears their seatbelt too.  

Stick Together

Travel in groups.  This is a wild and crazy night and others will be having fun too and not paying attention to what is going on.  Look out for those who are with you and keep that safety net around you.

Monitor Your Alcohol Intake

Drinking too much alcohol can be lethal.  Don't start the New Year in the hospital.  Pay attention to how much you and others are consuming, be responsible.

Fireworks

Bringing in the New Year with fireworks is always a great way to celebrate.  Be sure to practice proper safety precautions when using them.  Let off fireworks in an open field or an open area away from power lines and homes. Have a fire extinguisher on hand and never try to re-light a firework that did not go off.  Make sure children and pets are at a safe distance from where fireworks are being ignited.  Always have an adult present when using any type of firework.

Open Flames

From fire pits to candles, fire safety is of upmost importance.  Never leave a fire unattended and make sure to extinguish all fires before turning in for the night.  Do not throw fireworks or any explosive material into a fire.  Pay extra attentiion to children and pets around any open flames.

Pets

Pets can enjoy the festivities too, so pay attention to them and keep them at a safe distance from fireworks and the wild and crazy bunch.  Some pets may get upset at all the noise, while others will run to check out what the noise is all about.  Keep them safe in all situations.

 

Bring in the New Year safely, by using some common sense and being mindful of these few safety tips.  Wishing you a wonderful New Year.