New Year’s Eve is the highly most exciting celebrated holiday. There are many dangers lurking on this most anticipated special day. With these few safety tips you can be more prepared for the dangers and could enjoy a safe New Year’s Day.
Don’t Drink and Drive (NEVER)
Drinking and driving is not only dangerous to yourself but also to others that are around you or with you. To no surprise that January 1st has the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol, according to the Insurance institute for highway safety data. Between 2007-2015, 45 percent of deaths during the holiday were directly caused by alcohol.
Plan A Sober Ride
Drinking during the New Years is not uncommon and you shouldn’t stop yourself because of the dangerous drinking and driving statistics. Instead, plan for a sober ride if you intend on drinking. Ask a sober friend or family member for a ride, you can also use lift or uber as your ride. Although your designated driver may be sober that does not eliminate the threat for other drivers may not be sober. So allow your driver to focus with minimal distractions. Alcohol-related accidents are highest between the hours 9pm-3am.
Be Aware of your Surroundings
It is unfortunate but during a holiday that is notoriously known for a lot of people going out partying, and drinking, there are individuals that will take advantage of the situation. Always make sure you have a fully charged phone or a spare battery before leaving your home to make sure you are always able to stay in contact with someone. Travel in crowds with family or people you may know and never ever accept any beverages from a stranger. Most importantly, do not be afraid to say something, if you feel uncomfortable with someone and think they may be a danger to you or a friend, alert the authority even if police are not present most places with large crowds requires security professionals.
Beware of Fireworks
Fireworks are fun and pretty to watch but they can sure pack a dangerous punch if not careful, they are extremely dangerous, also in most cities are illegal depending on the state. Even if someone else is lighting a firecracker on your property, you can be held criminally liable if any damage or injuries occur. If you are allowing fireworks on your property make sure pets are inside or kept at a safe distance from the action.
This may seem odd of a suggestion. But you may be concerned about looking good for your date and may forget that avoiding alcohol poisoning is much more important. Foods high in protein such as cheese, meat, and nuts are particularly important. These food types will surely slow down the absorption of alcohol in the digestive system. This action will give alcohol more time to metabolize in the body resulting in a lower risk of alcohol poising. Our liver metabolizes about one alcoholic drink per hour. A good rule of thumb is a 12 oz. beer=4-5 oz. of wine=1.5 oz. of hard liquor.
Don’t drink and drive, plan for a safe and sober form of transportation, be aware of your surroundings, be prepared for the dangers of fireworks and make sure food is in your system!
Happy New Year’s