New Year’s Eve safety tips

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New Year’s Eve is once again upon us and it’s meant to be a night of fun as we celebrate the beginning of 2013. Unfortunately, many accidents and fatalities occur because partygoers don’t have the increased sense of awareness that’s needed on this worldwide holiday. Whether you’re going to a big party in the city or staying in with friends and family ,the “Know Your Enemy” team wants you to follow these  New Year’s Eve safety tips that will ensure that everyone gets to and from their celebrations safely so they can enjoy all that 2013 has to offer!

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips: Going Out

1- Have a designated driver: Do not ever drink and drive. Ask a friend or a family member for a ride, or make a reservation for a taxi or use public transportation.

2- Auto accidents due to alcohol consumption are highest between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., so avoid being on the road at those times.

3- Monitor your alcohol intake: Many people associate New Year’s Eve celebrations with drinking. Be aware of how much you are drinking. Make sure you stay hydrated (with water) and that you eat enough.

4-  Take the keys: If you have a friend who is too drunk to drive, take the keys. Get your friend a ride home with a trusted sober driver, or call his or her family for a ride.

5- Remember,  it’s not just people behind the wheel you have to pay attention to when you go home. Watch out for intoxicated walkers who pay no attention to lights or crosswalks.

6- While it’s fun to share where you are on social media sites, beware of doing so, as you are publicly alerting others that you are not at home.

7- Do not leave drinks unattended. Finish it before you hit the restroom or dance floor. Remember someone can easily slip something into your drink that can cause serious injury or death.

8- Make sure everyone has a “buddy” who can confirm they got home safely at the end of the night.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips: Staying In

1- If your having a party at your house, remember to be sure all smoke alarms are working and have fresh batteries.

2- If you’re burning candles, remember to extinguish them before the end of the party.

3- Have guests turn their keys in to you upon arrival and put them in a secure place. That way you can ensure that everyone has a safe ride home.

4- Ask your guests, when inviting them, if they have a designated driver. Explain that your biggest concern is the safety of all guests, especially them. If they can’t find a designated driver, ask your guest if a local taxi service is available for them.

5- Call your own local taxi company. Ask if cabs will be available to take guests home, and what their rate is. If you have quite a few guests that will be using a taxi, see if you can negotiate a lower rate.

6-Have two colors of cups: one for adult beverages and one for non-alcoholic ones. This is one more way to keep alcohol out of the hands of children or guests who may be allergic to alcohol.

7- Remember, noisemakers, champagne corks and more can be dangerous for pets and children, especially if they shoot across the room or break into pieces.

8- Never serve alcohol in your home to a minor even in the presence of their parents, you could be in major trouble with the law.

So please remember partying on New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the roller coaster of another year and the hopefulness of a new one.

By following the “Know Your Enemy” New Year’s Eve safety tips, we can make sure that everyone’s friends and family have a happy, healthy, and safe year ahead in 2013. So let’s work on this together to save not only you but someone else’s mother, father, or child.

As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013, the PIX-11 “Know Your Enemy” team wishes you all a Healthy and Happy New Year.