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New Year’s Eve: Celebrate Safely!

Dec 31, 2019 6:30:00 AM

NYE_1200Don’t let the new year get off to a bad start! Keep safety in mind to ensure you, your family, and your friends have an accident-free New Year’s Eve celebration!

Safety At Home

If you’re hosting a gathering at your house to celebrate, it is important to protect yourself from potential liability and be a responsible host.

  • As your guests arrive, make sure everyone has a designated driver or a place to stay once the night is over. If someone commits to being a DD, keep track of their alcohol intake to ensure they will be okay to drive.
  • If you’re burning candles, be sure to extinguish them when you leave a room or before you turn in for the night.
  • Double checking the smoke alarms before a New Year’s Eve party is a must! Make sure alarms are working and the batteries are fresh.

Avoiding Dangers Downtown

If you’re planning on hitting the town this New Year’s Eve, consider the following safety tips:

  • If you’re with a group, stick together. We all know New Year’s can get a little hectic, but with a little extra attention you can make sure you’re not spending your night out alone.
  • Keep tabs on your stuff. Don’t leave belongings out in the open or tucked in places where they could easily fall out. This includes when at a bar or a party, as well as in your vehicle.
  • And of course, monitor your alcohol intake, be aware of your limits. Most importantly, don’t drink and drive. Remember, even buzzed driving is drunk driving!

Keeping Your Fireworks Hazard-Free

If you’re going to be breaking out the firecrackers in honor of the new year, it is especially important to keep safety on the top of your list!

  • Know the laws. State and local laws may place restrictions on when you can use fireworks.
  • Fireworks can spell trouble for furry friends. If your pet gets spooked at the sound of fireworks, make sure they’re contained in a safe, secure area where they can’t try to run away. This also ensures they won’t break or cause damage to valuables in your home or to themselves.
  • Follow safety protocols (click here for a list of tips) and keep a fire extinguisher handy to prevent a mishap from spiraling out of control.

From everyone at Gibson, we wish you a safe and happy New Year’s!


Written by Gibson

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