For many people, New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated nights of the holiday season. Adults get together to ring in January 1st in style and have a great time. If you are planning on being one of those people who will be out celebrating this year, make sure you are doing it safely in order to avoid injury.
In some places, gun fire at midnight is a way that folks choose to ring in the new year. Pointing a gun into the air and firing is not safe. Not only is it illegal, but it’s also dangerous. Keep in mind that what goes up must come down! A bullet has the potential to travel up to two miles into the air before it falls back to the ground traveling up to 700 feet per second. That speed is enough to cause a fatal injury to someone on the ground. Unfortunately people have been injured and killed by gunfire that struck them upon returning to the ground. Please be mindful of this if you are celebrating the new year outdoors.
New Year’s Eve is second only to the Fourth of July when it comes to the amount of fireworks that are set off on an American holidays. It’s always a good idea to leave fireworks to the professionals, but if you plan on setting them off, here are some safety tips to follow. First, only purchase fireworks that are sold legally. Do not use fireworks in locations where they are prohibited by law. Never allow minor children to use fireworks. If you are going to be setting off fireworks, make sure you have water or a hose nearby. Lastly, do not use fireworks if you are under the influence of alcohol. It only takes a minor mistake to cause a very serious injury or accident with fireworks.
3. Alcohol Consumption
Drink responsibly. New Year’s Eve is a holiday that is commonly associated with binge drinking. Don’t overdo it. Pace yourself. Snack while you drink and stay hydrated with plenty of water. Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. If you don’t regularly drink and are on prescription medications, talk to your doctor or pharmacist and make sure it is safe for you to drink alcohol while taking your medications.
4. Drinking and Driving
Do not drink and drive. Drunk driving accidents are 100 PERCENT PREVENTABLE!!! If find plan to drink, make a plan for getting home safely. If you are celebrating with others, elect a designated driver or share the cost of a limo, taxi or ride sharing service. It is also a fun idea to make New Year’s plans where you can stay overnight such as staying with your party hosts or having a hotel room within close proximity to where you will be celebrating. Lastly, there is nothing wrong with ringing in the new year at your own house. Again, there is no excuse for drunk driving. It is not only dangerous for you, but you are placing other people in danger as well. Uber, Lyft, taxi, designated driver, stay in, etc… Whatever you choose to do, make sure you are celebrating responsibly.
If you are planning on celebrating in Charlotte or elsewhere in the Carolina’s, do so safely! Auger & Auger represents injured people in North and South Carolina. We offer free case evaluations and it will not cost any money to see if we are able to assist you. We have been helping injury and accident victims for 20+ years. Please give us a call and let us know how we can help you.