[:en]The end of the year is upon us and a new year (and decade!) is just around the corner. While people love getting together to celebrate the New Year, it’s also important to take measures to keep yourself safe. Here’s a list of things to think about before you pop open the bubbly and raise your glass:
- Make a Plan – Whether you plan to go out with friends or host your own gathering, it’s important to think about how you plan to get to your location. Consider how much time you plan to be there and if you plan on drinking alcohol. If you have children and/or pets, you may want to plan to make arrangements for a sitter if you plan to be out.
- Who Wants to Drive? – If you do plan to be out on the town, think about nominating a designated driver (DD) who will be 100% alcohol-free for the evening. If you end up drinking too much, you know you have a safe way to get home. No DD? Use a rideshare app like Lyft or use public transit.
- Firework Safety – Be careful when handling or lighting fireworks. Keep a safe distance away from fireworks after you light them. DO NOT light a firework while holding it as this can cause serious physical injury. If you know your pets can be skittish during fireworks, take steps to make sure they are away from the noise and have correct ID tags in case they get out.
- Lock and Key – New Year’s can be one of the biggest days for car break-ins and theft. If you have to leave your car outside overnight make sure anything valuable is hidden away from view, and your car is locked and secure.
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