New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

New Year’s Eve is fun for all ages. Many people treat this as a special occasion to let loose and have a little fun. Whether you’re young and single, or older with kids, there’s always time for a little fun, and that’s okay. Getting a little rowdy once in a while is good for the soul. We can’t be serious, responsible, mature adults every day or we’d get bored. However, you have to remember that serious, responsible, mature behavior usually leaves you in a better place. So, go out, and have fun, but keep a few responsible safety tips in mind. Don’t just read this and think “oh, okay”. Read these, and reflect on the serious risks involved on NYE. You’ll quickly understand the importance of safety first.

Watch Your Drink

While this is a rule I’ve followed strictly since I turned 21, it’s especially important on NYE. Most bars are busy so people with nefarious intentions can get away with a lot more. Go out, have fun, just make sure your drink never leaves your hand.

Do Not Drink and Drive – AT ALL

Some people can have three drinks and feel fine. You may be below the drinking limit, and feel fine, but it’s not worth the risk on this night. Not everyone will abide to this rule, and that’s why you need to be extra alert and careful. Other drivers could be intoxicated, therefore making irresponsible decisions. Even if you’re not at that level, your reaction time is slowed. You need to be your best self when driving on NYE. Plus, cops are out for blood on this holiday. It’s not worth it.

Don’t Carry Too Much Cash

Even people who live in nice areas can fall victim to pick-pocketing and robbery. If that’s not enough, you could end up drinking too much and losing cash. Trust me, I’ve been there. There’s nothing worse than robbing yourself! Most places take credit cards, and if not, it’s worth the ATM fee to keep your funds safe. Just remember, close out your tab and get your card back before leaving. I’ve done that one too. Not fun.

Seriously, Be Careful with Champagne

The cork is a projectile under pressure. I need not explain. Make sure whoever opens the champagne is experienced with how to do it. A cork through a chandelier or a face will surely ruin any holiday.

Consider Pets & Children

If you’re hosting a party where pets and children are around, you probably already have a set of rules in place for your guests. However, you must also think about firework noises, the champagne cork pop, and other things that might scare pets and small children. If the kids are too young to have fun, consider hiring a babysitter. The same thing goes for pets. If your cat or dog freaks out at loud noises and strangers, place him or her in a comfortable, quiet room with a few toys. Check on your pet often to make sure he or she is calm and feels safe. If your pet is extremely sensitive to loud noises, consider a pet-sitter or hosting the party away from home.

Sherrie Carter