New Year’s Eve is a night that many people look forward to. Whether you decide to stay home or go out to enjoy the festivities, you want to stay safe while ringing in the New Year. To avoid having your night interrupted by an unexpected safety concern, take these tips into consideration.
Make a Transportation Plan
If you’re heading out for New Year’s Eve, it’s important to know where you’re going and who you are going with. Plan your transportation to and from your New Years Eve event in advance.
Since New Year’s Eve is an especially busy night, have a backup plan in case you get separated from your friends. Take cash or a credit card with you in case you need to find an alternate ride home, such as public transportation or a cab. If you’re heading out in a vehicle, establish a designated driver before you go.
Before you leave for the night, charge your phone and consider taking your phone charge with you so you can contact friends, family or make transportation arrangements on the go.
Let someone know of your plans and update them if plans should change.
Firework and Sparkler Safety
According to Evidation, 10% of firework activity occurs between December 30th and January 3rd, peaking on New Year’s Day. The NFPA states that in 2018, fireworks started approximately 19,500 fires which resulted in 5 deaths and 46 civilian injuries. In other words, taking safety precautions is paramount.
Sparklers may seem innocent, as they are popular with children, but they can heat up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and pose a fire and safety risk if used recklessly.
Fireworks and sparklers should be lit away from houses and cars. People and pets should be a safe distance away, and a hose or bucket of water should be kept close. Ensure your home fire alarm is fully functional before using sparklers or fireworks.
Whether you are going out or staying in for New Year’s Eve, the safety of your pets should be top-of-mind. Many pets become scared when the loud noises begin. This causes them to run and seek a hiding place. If you plan to be out on New Year’s Eve, create a space for your pet to hide when things become noisy. Set it up in a quiet area of the room with comfortable things such as blankets, their crate, and toys that keep them distracted.
If you’re going to be home, retreat to a quiet space with your pet when the noises begin. Make sure that your pet’s tags are up-to-date in case they manage to escape the house. Make sure all doors and windows are closed and that fences and gates are secure.
Before heading out (or staying in) to ring in the new year, make sure you have safety precautions in place to protect everyone.