New Years Safety Tips
Have a happy and safe new year!
If you're planning to ring in the new year at a party or event this Monday, don't sit your drink down anywhere. It's unfortunate to think this way, but New Years parties are a very opportune time for someone to be spiking drinks. If you must put down your drink for any reason, leave it with a close friend or someone you can trust.
I know we don't need to remind you, but we have to say it with sincerity…DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. Even if you are just having "a few" and don't "even feel buzzed", alcohol impedes your ability to react without you being consciously aware of it. Plan ahead - have a designated driver, a taxi company, or an Uber ready to pick you up.
SThere is rain in the forecast for Monday night - more the reason not to risk the roads if you've been driving. Please take extra precaution in your travels.
If you are attending a public event to celebrate New Years make sure you are never alone. Be aware of your surroundings and keep in contact with whoever you are attending with. It may be a lot of fun, but you would also likely be drinking with a lot of people you don't know and in a place you may not be familiar with.
Fireworks, guns, other loud and potentially dangerous devices are typically best left to the professionals. We always recommend attending an event with these types of displays rather than purchasing your own. If you plan to purchase handheld sparklers or other legal handheld/ground-based sparkling devices, please make sure to fully understand the safety protocol and guidelines around setting off each item prior to Monday night.
Loud noises, commotion, and strangers could typically cause your furry family to get anxious or worked up. Be mindful of your pets during the evening's festivities, and try to create a safe haven for them during the night. If you're celebrating at home, you may have front doors opening and closing, and will also be distracted during the night's events. An anxious pet may act irrationally and try to get outside - make sure your pet(s) have their ID tags on and any fences/gates are secure. If you plan to be out, you may want to purchase some Quiet Moments, a ThunderShirt, or other calming aid for your pets for the night. Talk to your vet if you have any concerns.
Have Fun Safely
We don't provide this information to scare you or expect you to be repeating it throughout the night - everyone should still be having a good time celebrating the beginning of 2019. The idea is to plan ahead, and be able to have the symbolic lightbulb turn on when it needs to. Plan NOW, so that you can enjoy your night and know everything is already taken care of when it comes time to celebrate.