A time to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another, New Years Eve is one of the most social holidays on the calendar. Most people go above and beyond the traditional champagne toasts at midnight, drinking throughout the eveningeven those who are underage. Many also make the potentially deadly mistake of driving home drunk.
This New Years Eve, theres no excuse not to celebrate safe. Make sure youre safe and sound for the start of 2013 by following these New Years safety tips:
Have a designated driver. If youre going to drink, dont drive. It just isnt worth it. Use a party bus or limo service, have a designated driver, plan on calling a cab for transportation, or spend the night at the party hosts house.
Dont get into a car with someone who has been drinking. Dont allow them to drive off alone, either. Take away their keys and arrange for alternate transportation, or stay with them until they are sober.
Dont leave your drink unattended. Only drink from bottles or cans that you opened yourself, or glasses that you saw a professional bartender prepare. If you set your drink down and walk awayeven for just a momentget a new drink. There is always a chance that someone could have slipped something into it.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings, including the people around you.
Dont mix fireworks and alcohol. Fireworks are common at New Years Eve celebrations, even though they are illegal in many cities and states. Its best if you leave fireworks displays to the professionals, especially if drinking is going on. Watch them on TV instead!
Start the New Year—and the new semester—on the right foot. Make wise decisions and celebrate safely!
Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.
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