Happy New Year’s!

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New Year’s Eve is once again upon us, a night to reflect back on the last 365 days and celebrate the coming year. As the clock runs down for 2013, many people will be drinking, dancing, and telling stories of days gone by while presenting goals for 2014. Whether celebrating at a house party with friends and family, or out at a city-sponsored event, things tend to get a little wild tonight, so its best to take every precaution possible.

Traveling?

  • If you plan to drive on New Year’s Eve, don’t drink and drive.
  • If you have a friend who does not drink, ask them to be the designated driver.
  • If you are driving; be alert behind the wheel, be aware of your surroundings, and be prepared to drive in winter weather.
  • Use seatbelts and prepare an emergency safety kit for your vehicle.
  • Take public transportation if possible; the MBTA will operate until 2 a.m. on Jan 1st

Celebrating with Alcohol?

  • Pace yourself and pay attention to how much you are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can make you sick and can lead to alcohol poisoning.
  • Stay hydrated by alternating alcoholic drinks with water, juice, or soda.
  • Alcohol typically enters the bloodstream quickly. However, the amount and type of food in your stomach can alter this pace: high-carbohydrate and high-fat foods can slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.
  • If you’ve had too much to drink, call a taxi or have a sober friend or family member pick you up.

Will you be in a Crowd?

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and how others are acting, and give a wide berth to those who seem out of control.
  • If someone appears intoxicated, keep them from driving and call them a cab to ensure they get home safely, and don’t let them leave with someone they do not know.

Hosting a Party?

  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests and book them in advance.
  • Provide non-alcoholic beverages for your guests.

Attending a Party?

  • Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.
  • If you stay out late, consider staying overnight at a friend’s house or booking a local hotel within walking distance from the party.

Do you have Pets?

  • Loud noises can scare pets. Give them extra attention so they pets won’t run away in a panic upon hearing the pop of a champagne bottle or exploding fireworks.
  • Keep your pets inside, in a comfortable room, with comforting music playing to drown out loud, unusual noises.
  • Make sure all fences and gates are secure so if pets leave the house, they are confined to the yard.
  • Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your animal has shown signs of extreme uneasiness around loud noises or crowds in the past.
  • Make sure your pet has its ID, or dog license, and if it has a microchip, make sure it is current. This will make it easier to get you pet back if he/she escapes your home and yard during festivities.

On New Year’s Eve, everyone wants to have an unforgettable night — in a good way. By following a few simple steps, having a good sense of awareness, and taking these safety tips to heart, we can all have a happy, healthy, and safe celebration.  Have a happy, safe, and healthy 2014!

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  • Teri Shelton

    It wasn’t New Year’s Eve, but I was taught not to drink and drive when I was a junior in High School. A friend and I were drinking with some friends instead of going to a football game. We left our friends house at 11pm so I could get home by curfew. My mom was not easy to talk to. I should have called home and told mom I couldn’t drive. I didn’t want to get in trouble so I drove. I dropped my friend off at her house and as I was leaving, her drunk-self said, “Make sure you’r wearing your seatbelt.” I was. I made it almost home when I dozed off for just a second. I hit the ditch, ramped off a large drivewas and flew 50 feet in the air and 100 ft forward, over 2 metal fence posts. When I landed I began praying. Thank God, the only major injury I substained was a broken vertebrae. I had my first son almost 2 years exactly to the date. I always tell my kids, CALL ME!!!
    Now that I am 40 years old, it occurs to me that not only could my injuries have been worse, I could’ve killed someone else. God looked out for me in a BIG way and I choose to NOT drink and drive for my safety and others. If you can’t do it for yourself, think about that 2 year old in the back seat of the car driving past you as you doze off and swerve into their lane!!!