6 Tips to a Safe and Healthy New Year’s Eve

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The presents have been unwrapped, leftovers from Christmas dinner are in the fridge, and now it’s time to plan for New Year’s Eve.

While you’re looking ahead to parties and fun with friends and family, be sure to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Here are 6 tips to creating safe, happy, and healthy New Year’s Eve festivities:

Traveling
If you plan to drive on New Year’s Eve, it goes without saying – don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t drink, ask them to be a designated driver. When driving, be extra alert behind the wheel. You don’t know if someone else may be driving impaired. In addition, this is the time for winter weather in many parts of the country. Make sure you have an emergency safety kit in your vehicle if you’re traveling in bad weather.

Celebrating
Don’t sit your drink down anywhere. Even if you’re sipping a non-alcoholic beverage, keep track of your drink. It’s too easy for someone to spike a drink while you’re having fun. If you are drinking, pay attention to how much you’re consuming. It’s easy to get caught up in the good times. Be sure to eat some food and drink water throughout the night to stay hydrated. When popping a champagne bottle, aim the cork away from people. While it’s fun to pop the cork, people get hurt more often than you think!

Public events
If you’re attending a public event, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch how others are acting. It can quickly become dangerous if someone is out of control. Never go to an unfamiliar place alone. If you’re with a group, be sure to stay together and keep an eye on each other. Don’t let friends or family members leave alone.

Hosting a party
You are responsible for your guests. Make sure everyone is staying within their limits. Confirm that guests have someone who can drive them home, or be prepared to call a cab if needed. Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and snack foods for your guests.

Fireworks
When it comes to fireworks, the same rules apply on New Year’s Eve that would apply any other time of the year. Know the rules and regulations of using fireworks in your area. In fact, it’s best to leave it to the professionals, especially if alcohol may be involved. Be sure to celebrate safely!

Pets
Loud noises can scare pets. Be careful of popping champagne corks or exploding fireworks. Give extra attention to pets so they don’t run away. In addition, having strange people at your house can frighten pets, or cause them to panic and bite someone. Keep pets inside or even in another area of the house away from crowds and loud noises.

New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate. It marks the beginning of a new year and new possibilities. Take a few extra steps and make sure you ring in a safe, happy, and healthy 2016.

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