New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

new yearsDon’t Drink and Drive.

People are two to three times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash during New Year’s Eve. Add bad weather, like rain, sleet, ice or snowy conditions to that mix, and it becomes the perfect storm for a fatal car accident.

  • Call a taxi or an Uber.
  • Ask for a ride home or choose a designated driver before the party begins.
  • If you’re hosting a party:
    • Collect keys ahead of time and only give keys back if you’re sure your guests can drive home unimpaired.
    • If you suspect your guests have had too much to drink and you need to take them to the ER, keep them sitting up and awake, keep them warm, and try to get them to drink water.

Firework Safety

One of the not-so-smart ideas is mixing fireworks and drinking. ER doctors treat lots of burns, finger injuries and eye injuries each New Year’s Eve.

  • Supervision from an adult is a must. Never give young children any type of fireworks. Even sparklers can be dangerous to small children who don’t know how to properly handle them.
  • Outside use only. Fireworks should never be used indoors or carried in pockets. Go to a clear area outside, away from vehicles and buildings.
  • Keep water on hand. Always have a water hose or a large bucket of water close by in case of a fire. Once you are done shooting off fireworks, use the water to soak all of the remnants to prevent a fire.
  • Have a “designated shooter.” Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Make sure that the person handling the fireworks is sober. This will decrease the possibility of accidents.
Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway. At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. There is no waiting like in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.

Keep Safe Over the Holidays: Don’t Drink and Drive

drink and driveThe holidays are meant to be joyous and filled with cheer. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most common times of the year for crashes due to drinking and driving. During 2016, in the state of Texas there were 987 fatalities that resulted from drinking and driving, with 163 alcohol-related crashes and injuries occurring in Denton.

In the United States, there are more alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holidays than during any other time of the year. Whether you are hosting this year’s celebration or you are planning on attending an event where alcohol will be served, here are a few tips to help you and/or your guests get home safe by choosing not to drink and drive.

Plan Ahead

Whether you are attending an ugly sweater party or hosting this year’s New Year’s Eve party, the time to plan for a safe trip to and from the event is not during the party or after the party-it’s before the party even begins.

If walking home or spending the night isn’t an option, do a little research in advance to learn about the available options in your community.

Choose a Designated Driver

If you are planning on celebrating the holidays by drinking alcoholic beverages, one of the most important things to do before arriving at the event is to have a designated driver.

Make sure everyone in your group agrees ahead of time on who the designated driver will be. Keep in mind that, as a designated driver, drinking no amount of alcohol is a safe amount when you are responsible for getting yourself and/or others home safely.

Be a Responsible Host

If you are hosting a holiday event that includes drinking alcoholic beverages, do not automatically assume that your guests will have made safe travel plans. Have plenty of alcohol-free beverages and snacks available and be aware of how much your guests are drinking and that all pre-designated drivers don’t have any alcohol.

Before the celebrations begin, make sure there will be a sober driver available to make as many trips as necessary to get your guests home safely. If you aren’t able to have a “sober driver” plan, make sure to have the phone numbers available for cabs, Uber or other forms of sober transportation or make your home available for guests to spend the night.

 

You may do everything right by planning ahead, by arranging for or being the designated driver, but that can’t stop other people who choose to drink and drive from crashing into your vehicle. To reduce the risk of a serious accident, try to avoid driving in areas where there are greater chances of encountering a drunk driver, such as near a university or where there are several clubs grouped together.

Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway. At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.