New Year’s Eve is a worldwide celebration of leaving behind negativity and embracing new resolutions. Everyone has different ways of celebrating, whether that means going out to celebrate or staying in with family. Whichever type of celebration you decide on, make sure you keep these safety tips in mind so that your new year starts out right!
1. Have a set plan
It can be easy to lose sight of your original New Year’s Eve plan once the party gets started. If you plan to go out to a few different places, make sure you try to follow through. This can be incredibly helpful in the case of an emergency if someone needs to find you. Keeping a set plan also reduces stress and confusion within your friend group; it also assists in your night running smoothly.
2. Leave your phone’s location on
This tip can be largely forgotten but maybe incredibly important under certain circumstances. If you happen to get separated from your group and no one is responding to their phone, you will be much more likely to find each other if everyone’s locations are available. This is also helpful if you happen to lose/forget your phone somewhere.
3. Do NOT drink and drive
Everyone’s heard this before. Though repetitive, this tip is EXTREMELY important and is not to be taken lightly. Plan out if you are having a designated driver throughout the night or if your group is going to split an Uber/Lyft. Never get behind the wheel if there is even a slight chance that your driving may be impaired. Never compromise your own safety or someone else’s for any reason.
For more information on the dangers of drinking and driving, visit the article below.
4. Know your limit
For those above 21 years of age, keep your own safety in mind and know your limits when it comes to drinking. Only you are familiar with your own body; be sure to pace yourself and know when to stop.
On this note, make sure to stay hydrated throughout the night. To do this alternate between an alcoholic beverage and water.
5. Stay aware of your surroundings
For your safety and others, make sure you are always aware of your current situation. If you arrive at a party, bar, or any other celebration and have a bad gut feeling about it, leave immediately. Our consciences are usually right if a situation does not feel right, and it is far better to be safe than sorry.
6. Charge your phone
The last thing that you want on a night out is for your phone to die. This can be very problematic for a few reasons:
- Someone is checking on you to make sure you are safe
- There is an emergency and someone is trying to get ahold of you
- You/someone in your group has been separated and you need to reach them
- You will not be able to call a ride home
7. Avoid using fireworks
While fireworks can be a good way to start off the new year, do not use fireworks at home. It is best to watch fireworks on TV as you are watching the countdown. Fireworks can cause house fires—whether it be your home or someone else’s—as well as injuries. It is also an extreme safety concern if you plan on consuming/serving alcohol.
Try using noisemakers or confetti poppers for a safe alternative! Visit the link below for festive noisemakers and horns to pass out during your NYE celebration.
8. Lock your car doors
Whether you are out somewhere or leaving your car at home, be sure to keep your car doors locked. New Year’s Eve is the top holiday for car thefts; it is far better to be safe than sorry! If you plan on leaving your car at home, try to leave it in the garage (especially if no one is home). If you are going out and plan to leave your car in a parking lot/parking garage, don’t forget your keys in your car. Remember that criminals rely on car owners forgetting to lock their doors.
9. Use the buddy system
No matter your age or gender, never lose sight of your friend group when you are going out. If you need to use the bathroom—especially at an unfamiliar place—take a friend with you so that you are never wandering around alone. This is especially important for females who are going out, as it is always better to travel in groups! Never go alone to any type of New Years Eve function for your own safety.
10. Keep your pet’s comfort and safety in mind
It can be easy for pet owners to forget that their pets are afraid of loud noises. New Year’s Eve can be especially frightening for pets as fireworks are commonly used at midnight. Whether you plan on staying home or going out, it is important to pay extra attention to your pets and put their safety first. They are more likely to run away in a panic, especially if you let them outside when the loud noises occur.
There are a few options that you can do to decrease the anxiety of your pet, such as using an anxiety jacket or blanket. These are commonly used for thunder, separation anxiety, fireworks, and much more.
Visit the link down below to view an example of an anxiety jacket if you are interested in purchasing one!
By following as many of these tips as possible, you will have a far greater chance of enjoying your New Years’ Eve celebrations! Make sure to put safety first, whether it be yours, your friends, your family’s, your pet’s, etc. Have a safe and happy new year!
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By: R. Kubek 12/23/19