New Year’s Eve is almost here, and we can’t wait to welcome the new year! But it is so important to remember some safety precautions to take into account when celebrating New Year’s! Here are some tips for a safe New Year’s celebration.
Be Cautious With Fireworks
The National Safety Council and the National Fire Protection Association recommend leaving the fireworks to professionals. But, if you are going to be around a non-professional, remind them of these safety tips:
- Stay away from M-class fireworks, they are illegal
- NEVER let children handle fireworks or be unsupervised around fireworks
- Keeps pets inside if shooting of fireworks or provide them with ear protection
- Do not light fireworks in your hand (this does not include sparklers)
- If a firework is a “dud,” don’t relight it – it could still be a live firework
- Don’t mix alcohol consumption with fireworks
Do Not Drink and Drive
With options like Uber and Lyft, it is now easier than ever to have a good time while staying safe. Or, if you are drinking with friends, designate a sober driver or plan to crash at a friends house. Whatever you do, do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking in excess. Also, if you are hosting people and providing alcohol, make sure your guests have a plan to get home after drinking or plan to stay at your house.
If You Are Sick, Stay Home
The best way to prevent spreading RSV, the flu, colds or even COVID-19 during New Year’s is to stay home and spend time with the people in your household. According to the CDC, “Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 or the flu.” And most importantly, if you are sick or have symptoms, stay home to protect others!