Tips for Staying Safe on New Year’s Eve

By Amanda Roland
Staying Safe on New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is in just a few days away. While we know we are all excited to kiss 2020 goodbye, there are still some safety precautions to take into account when celebrating on New Year’s Eve! Here are some tips for staying safe on New Year’s Eve!

Think Twice Before Throwing a NYE Party During a Pandemic

While many restrictions have been lifted in the Gainesville area, there is still a pandemic and people are still contracting COVID-19. The best way to prevent spreading COVID-19 on New Year’s Eve is to stay home and spend time with the people in your household. According to the CDC, “Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 or the flu.” If you insist on celebrating with those outside of your household, hold any festivities outside, practice social distancing and wear a mask. And most importantly, if you are sick or have symptoms, stay home to protect others!

Do Not Drink and Drive

Some people need to be reminded about this one. It is so easy to drive to a friend’s house, have a little too much to drink and think that your only option is to drive home. With options like Uber and Lyft, it is now easier than ever to have a good time while staying safe. Or, if you are drinking with friends, designate a sober driver or plan to crash at a friend’s house. Whatever you do, do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking in excess.

Be Cautious With Fireworks

The National Safety Council and the National Fire Protection Association recommend leaving the fireworks to professionals. But, if you have those in your life that insist on putting on their own mini firework show, remind them of these safety tips:

  • Stay away from M-class fireworks, they are illegal
  • NEVER let children handle fireworks or be unsupervised around fireworks
  • Keeps pets inside if shooting off fireworks or provide them with ear protection
  • Do not light fireworks in your hand (this does not include sparklers)
  • If a firework is a “dud,” don’t relight it – it could still be a live firework
  • Don’t mix alcohol consumption with fireworks

 

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