With Christmas behind us and Hannukah coming to a close come New Year’s Day, the holiday season is almost behind us. However, many enjoy bidding the season, and the year as a whole, a fond farewell with a final celebration. If you and yours are planning a New Year’s Eve party to remember, do not forget to add extra helpings of safety to your itinerary if you want to start 2017 off on the right foot.
Hopefully, with a bit of common sense and our New Year’s Eve safety tips, you can enjoy a night of fun with those you love while avoiding needless accidents and injury.
New Year’s Eve Safety Tips to Remember While Ringing in 2017
- Driving: Driving can be a major monkey wrench in your New Year’s Eve party plans, especially if you planned on visiting multiple people or places throughout the night. In larger cities with a greater variety of public transportation options, getting from point A to B to C before midnight strikes is somewhat easier. However, Central Florida is not exactly known for its widely available and efficient public transit options.
If not hosting your own party, try to limit the amount of traveling needed throughout the night. The later you are on the road, the more chance you have of coming across inebriated drivers. Even if you are responsible and do not drink and drive, you still risk an accident due to those negligent drivers who forgo the use of a designated driver, taxi or uber service.
- Alcohol Safety: The most obvious dangers of New Year’s Eve involve alcohol consumption. Though there are sure to be many cheers and clinked glasses throughout the night, always remember to drink in moderation and never drink and drive. Before heading to your New Year’s Eve party, designate a driver to stay sober for the night, program a taxi service’s number to your phone, download the Lyft or Uber ride-sharing apps, ask the host if you would be able to spend the night or simply abstain from drinking.
Even with a ride home, be sure to drink responsibly. On holidays, it is particularly easy to lose track of your consumption, with all of the festivities, games and lively conversations. Not only can over-drinking lead to a morning of headaches and nausea, but you also put yourself at risk of alcohol poisoning–a very serious matter indeed. Disagree?
Let us break down a few facts on alcohol poisoning:
- Caused by the consumption of large amounts of alcohol in a short span of time.
- Shuts down the brain, leading to major body regulation issues, such as temperature, breathing and heart rate.
- Causes an average of six deaths every day, and 2,200 deaths per year.
For more facts on the dangers of alcohol poisoning, visit this informative report by the Center for Disease Control.
- Personal Safety: Whether enjoying drinks at a friend’s house party or hitting the town, always ensure that you keep an eye on your drink at all times. Though it may sound like paranoia, you should never accept a drink from a stranger, especially if you did not see it poured by a bartender.
If at all possible, it is also smart to stay in groups of friends and keep your cell phones and wallets tucked away, especially when in the public. Besides the threat of theft, it is easy to leave your belongings in the bathroom or on a busy bar table. It does not hurt to keep a cell phone charger on-hand as well, as it may be necessary to contact an Uber or find a friend who may have wandered off.
Though no list of New Year’s Eve safety tips can completely eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries this Saturday, hopefully, this advice can at very least reinforce the safety standards you already follow in your daily life. Never drink and drive, always consume alcohol responsibly, be mindful of your belongings and enjoy your night with a group of friends that you can trust.
Have fun by saying hello to 2017 without risking the safety of yourself and others.
If you or your loved ones are unfortunately injured due to the negligence of others this New Year’s Eve, do not hesitate to contact our team of Orlando personal injury attorneys to get started on your case immediately.
Happy Holidays and cheers to a safe and successful 2017.