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.
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.