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Celebrate Responsibly: New Year’s Eve Tips

New Year’s Eve: it’s one of the most festive times of the year. If you don’t celebrate responsibly, though, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Between the risks of driving while intoxicated and those associated with traditional celebratory measures like fireworks and sledding, there are many ways to go wrong on New Year’s Eve. The great news, though, is that they don’t have to apply to you.

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The great news, though, is that they don’t have to apply to you. If you’re looking for ways to stay safe this New Year’s Eve, here are some tips to get you started:

  • Call a Ride

    If you’re going to be out on New Year’s Eve, one of the most important things you can plan to do is call a ride. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Data, the January 1 has the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths of any day of the year. In fact, drinking and driving was responsible for 42 percent of all traffic deaths between 2007 and 2011.

    With this in mind, stay away from the wheel if you’re going to be out sipping champagne. Instead, schedule a ride ahead of time, make sure you head out with a sober driver or call a cab or Uber to get you home safely.

    No matter what you do, don’t forget to wear your seatbelt.

  • Drink Plenty of Water

    It’s easy to drink too much without meaning to on New Year’s Eve. Luckily, you can take smart tips to prevent it from sneaking up on you. As you tip a few back on New Year’s Eve, be sure to match each drink you have with water. When you hydrate throughout the night, you’re less likely to wake up feeling bad the next day.

    If you want to take your party prep to the next level, you can also mix four capsules of activated charcoal with a bit of water and consume it before you head out for the night. A highly absorbent material, activated charcoal will help to bind alcohol and toxins in your stomach, and slow its absorption into your body.

  • Host a House Party

    Limit all the risks associated with New Year’s Eve by throwing a house party instead of heading out on the town. Instead of hitting the bars and spending a bunch of money on a night out, gather some of your closest friends and family and host a fun night in. Have the party catered or ask your guests to bring their favorite dishes to your place.

    To save yourself from acting as a bartender or short-order chef, create a few signature cocktails (punch in a bowl is a great idea) and appetizers to keep everyone fed and happy throughout the evening. If your guests are going to leave and head home at the end of the night, be sure they get there with a safe ride from an Uber or cab.

  • Let the Fireworks Be

    Aside from drinking, fireworks can be the biggest risk of New Year’s Eve. With this in mind, consider leaving them out of your holiday celebration.

    While fireworks can certainly be festive, they also post a significant risk of fire and personal injury. If you can’t imagine a New Year’s Eve without fireworks, stick with lower-impact varieties like sparklers and poppers.

    Not only do these things pose a lower risk of explosion and harm, but they’ll also be less disruptive to your neighbors and pets if you have them.

  • Put Away Home Hazards

    If you’re going to have people over to your home on New Year’s Eve, be sure to tuck away any potential hazards before they arrive. This includes firearms, tools, saws, and even routine things, like glass tables, which could be dangerous for kids.

    While this doesn’t ensure that your home will remain safe under all circumstances, it does help prevent needless injury and keep your celebration happy for all your guests.

  • Don’t Leave Your Car Somewhere

    If you choose to go out on New Year’s Eve, don’t leave your car downtown. Crime rates go up on New Year’s Eve, and it’s essential to protect yourself in advance. The same goes for leaving your home’s doors open or leaving valuables outside or in the yard. When you take smart precautions to prevent things like vandalism and petty theft, you can ensure a happy and carefree holiday from start to finish.

  • Give Kids a Safe Alternative

    If you have kids, be sure to create a safe space for them on New Year’s Eve. Kids are particularly at risk of getting roped into trouble during the holiday, and it can be helpful to guide them with a kid-safe party, sleepover at a friend’s house, or game room at your holiday party. When you know where they are and what they’re doing, you won’t have to worry about their safety throughout the night.

A Safer New Year’s Starts Here

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate and have fun with your friends, but it does come with a series of hazards. If you’re looking for ways to ensure you have a happier, safer New Year’s Eve, follow these seven tips. By calling a ride instead of driving yourself home (or leaving your car downtown), hydrating if you’re going to drink, hosting a house party, putting away potential dangers in the home and avoiding fireworks, and helping your kids find kid-safe alternatives to dangerous celebrations, you can enjoy a safe, happy New Year’s Eve, and a great start to 2018.


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Our team at Colonial Van Lines wishes you a Happy New Year!

2018-02-27T17:24:03+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Categories: Colonial Van Lines|0 Comments