New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate with friends, but it’s also a time of increased risk for your personal safety. If you’re going out on the town or to another friend or family member’s house to party the night away, follow these simple tips to ensure that you and other guests stay safe and enjoy the evening.
- Appoint a designated driver. Having a designated driver probably the most important New Year’s Eve safety tip. Make sure you appoint a designated driver who will be reliable and drive safely on New Year’s Eve. As a back-up plan, take a phone number for a taxi company with you or, if you live in a big city, have a plan to use reliable transportation (but don’t forget about potentially reduced holiday hours).
- Take a friend with you. Everyone, but especially women, is more vulnerable when alone, so go out on the town or to a party with a friend you can trust. Having a friend you can trust to go out with means both you and your friend will be safer.
- Don’t drink too much and watch your drink. If you’re not the designated driver in your group, don’t forget to monitor your own alcohol consumption. New Year’s Eve can be a long night and too much alcohol can be deadly. Also remember to keep your eyes on your drink at all times to avoid the risk of someone slipping illegal drugs into it.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re going out, don’t walk through potentially dangerous areas and don’t walk alone. Travel with a friend, don’t talk on your cell phone while walking or driving, and keep an eye out for potentially dangerous situations.
- Take care of your own home and pets. If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve, be sure to care for your pets before you go, leaving enough food and water. Also be sure to lock your doors (use an alarm system, if you have one) and don’t leave potentially dangerous household objects, such as candles, unattended.
- Many businesses offer free or reduced-cost services to help with your safe travel, from free cab rides to free coffee. Call ahead when in doubt.