New Year’s Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities.
Following a few safety tips will ensure that you’re safe and sound ‘when the clock strikes midnight,’ ringing in the New Year!

• Designate a Driver: If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel.

• Be Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. Taking preventive measures is key. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know.

• Don’t Drive: If you don’t have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seatbelt! If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend’s place nearby is a convenient solution.

• Stick Together: This way we can look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fast-paced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in this environment is imperative.

• Monitor your Alcohol Intake: A majority of people will be drinking on New Year’s Eve, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Be responsible.

• Don’t forget about your pets! They are just as much a part of the family as everyone else.

• Be careful with open flames: If you’re burning candles, incense or oil burners, remember to extinguish them before you turn in or before you leave the room they are burning in.

• Plain and simple, No Fireworks!

Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night (in a good way!). By simply using some common sense, we can keep it that way.

Happy New Year!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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