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New Year's Eve Safety Tips

New Year’s is one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year. Additionally, New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year. With many people traveling and celebrating, there is an increased chance of travel-related injury. It is extra important to pay attention to your own health and safety and look out for those around you. Below you will find our tips to help you stay safe and healthy during your New Year's celebrations:

1. Have a plan

Make sure you know the plan for the night and have confirmed with others your location and who will be with you.  Let a designated contact know your plans and when you plan on returning home.

Know your way back home or to your hotel –  especially if you are in a new place, be sure to familiarize yourself with the best route back. Don’t rely solely on your phone for directions.

2. Drink safely

If you are drinking alcohol, pace yourself. This article can help you determine your limit.

Make sure you are drinking water in-between drinks. This will help your body metabolize the liquor, keep you hydrated, and prevent getting too drunk. In addition to drinking water, be sure you have enough food in your stomach to combat the alcohol consumption.

Know how you will be getting home. January 1st typically has a higher percentage of deaths related to alcohol– so don’t chance it. Have a designated driver or use a taxi service such as UberLyft, or a local service.

3. Be careful with fireworks

Follow the firework laws for your city / state. If you are unsure, you can find local laws here. And remember, most cities host a firework event, just check your city event calendar to find where yours is being held! If you are able to use fireworks, make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby, and remember to never try to relight a firework if it does not go off. Finally, make sure everyone keeps a safe distance.

4. Watch out for your pets

Take extra precaution to think of your furry companions. Remember that loud sounds may frighten them and scared pets may become lost, hurt, cause accidents, and may even bite out of fear. Have a plan for your pet just as you have one for you!

Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night–in a good way! By following these simple guidelines and some common sense, you are sure to keep it that way.

Happy New Year!

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Brian Pelan
Brian Pelan
OSE Director, Laramie, WY

Brian has over 20 years of professional experience in environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS&S). His areas of expertise include EHS&S risk management; ISO systems management & auditing; fluid recovery/recycling; and industrial hygiene services.
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