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Ensure You Are Safe & Sound When the Clock Strikes Midnight

Whether your 2015 was an all-around good year or one you hope to forget, you will likely want to send it off with a bang.  

New Year’s Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year while reminiscing about the past 365 days with family and friends. For millions, it’s the largest and most anticipated celebration of the year.

If hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration at home with family and friends, attending a house party, or traveling out of town, take precautions to help ensure you and your companions are safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight.

5 Tips for a Safe New Year’s Eve

  1. Designate a driver- if celebrating away from home, line up a friend, family member, or older child to be your designated driver for the evening. Have the contact information for various taxi companies in your phone prior to leaving the house as a backup plan in case your designated driver falls through.
  2. Be extra careful with fireworks- practice safety tips if using fireworks during your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Let off fireworks in a field or other open area where homes and power lines are out of sight. Keep a fire extinguisher or large bucket of water close by. Have another bucket of water for fireworks to be placed in after use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the fireworks display.
  3. Don’t forget about your pets- New Year’s Eve is notorious for loud noises being heard throughout the night. If planning to be away from home, ensure pets are safe inside the house. The loud noises could cause them to try and run away if left outside.
  4. Be alert- be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when on the road. Every Year, New Year’s Eve has an increased number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. If someone in your group has had too much to drink, ensure they don’t leave with someone they don’t know. Always watch out for each other. If others around you have had too much to drink and become argumentative, don’t involve yourself in the situation.
  5. Be responsible when hosting a party- prior to your guests arriving, contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests and book them in advance. Offer plenty of food to keep stomach’s full while consuming alcohol and provide plenty of water and non-alcoholic drinks for guests as well.

Everyone celebrating the end of 2015, hopes to have an unforgettable night-in a good way. Enjoy your night while having a good sense of awareness, and taking the above safety tips to heart. MedicAlert wishes you a happy, healthy, and safe 2016!