As 2017 comes to a close, you may be making plans to celebrate New Year's Eve with family or friends. Whether you're headed out on the town or hosting a party at home, resolve to follow these tips from Signal 88 Security and welcome the new year with peace of mind.
- Leave the fireworks to the pros. Hand-held sparklers can burn at over 2,000° Fahrenheit. Fireworks cause over 9,000 injuries and 20,000 fires each year in the US. Do the math: fireworks can really put a damper on your holiday. If you have a burning desire to use fireworks, be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby, and a safe place for soaking and disposing of used fireworks.
- Bubble trouble. Did you know champagne corks can leave the bottle at over 50 mph? Unfortunately, champagne-related eye injuries are common around New Year’s Eve, and even indirect hits can cause blindness. The safety wire is designed to prevent unexpected pops, so don’t loosen it until the bottle is pointed away from yourself and others. If possible, wrap a towel over the bottle to prevent a stray cork.
- What goes up must come down. New Year's Eve ranks as one of the most common nights for celebratory gunfire. Not only is this practice illegal – even on private property – but falling bullets can cause property damage, catastrophic injury and even death. Be safe: leave the firearms in the safe.
- Get home safely. The presence of alcohol combined with late-night revelry makes New Year's Eve a risky night on the roads. Arrange a ride with a designated driver, or make sure you're signed up with a ride-sharing app before going out. Free public transportation or cab rides can be found in many localities on New Year's Eve, so research the options in your area in advance.
Don’t let an injury or accident keep you from pursuing your resolutions this year. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to ring in a safe and successful 2018!