New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate. Everyone is excited for the new year to begin, and an easy way to ensure you have the most fun is to be aware of safety practices you should follow on this festive night.
- Break-ins on New Year’s Eve happen in incredibly high numbers. Criminals know that New Year’s Eve is a great night to rob houses, since even people who don’t typically go out tend to go out and celebrate in some way.
- Some criminals will do a “check” on the house first. They’ll knock on the door to see if someone is home, and some will claim to be from a certain company. To verify if they really are from the company, say you’re going to call the company to see if they do indeed have an employee out in your area.
- Be sure to securely lock your doors when you leave to go out for the night., including locking your deadbolt if you have one.
- Close the blinds so criminals can’t “window shop” and see all your possessions. Locking your windows is also a good idea when they are not open.
- If you are concerned about burglary, you can set timers on your lights and electrical appliances to make it appear like someone is at home.
Together, all of these tips can help protect your home while you are out celebrating the new year.
For those hosting a party or going out:
1. Never leave your drink unattended.
Remember this particularly if you go out to a bar, club or party with company you don’t know well. In public venues, you should always keep your drink with you or within your site at all times. If you need to excuse yourself from the table you should finish a drink, or leave it with a trusted friend, before getting up and leaving it unattended. You’d be surprised how many people consider spiking drinks to be a good time.
2. Never drink and drive.
This one goes without saying, but we would be remiss if we didn’t remind everyone to drink responsibly. This is dangerous every day of the year, but it becomes increasingly more common on New Year’s Eve. Always appoint a designated driver, call a cab, Uber or Lyft, or use the AAA Holiday Safe Ride Program if it is available in your area. And even if you yourself are being responsible, be wary of those around you who may be less responsible. With so many intoxicated drivers on the roads, you may choose to avoid driving all together and opt for a small get together at home instead. If you do go out, try to avoid driving during peak hours such as right after midnight and around 2 a.m., when the bars shut down.
3. Never attend parties alone.
If you happen to be celebrating out on the town, remember the simple phrase “safety in numbers.” A group of friends can keep you safe from a variety of dangerous situations. Make sure everyone in the group has a charged cell phone in case you get separated from each other.
4. Be aware of your surroundings.
It’s safer to be in well-lit areas with your friends than it is to be in dim, sparsely populated areas. If you notice something potentially dangerous occurring, do your best to prevent it and alert a security guard or police officer if needed.
5. Remember your pets!
If you’re hosting a party at home, don’t forget about the well-being of your furry friends. Even though fireworks are illegal in residential areas, some people set them off regardless. The loud noise from the fireworks, or even the ambient noise of the party itself, could be frightening for some pets. Your pet may feel safer tucked away in its kennel or in your bedroom, where it’s quieter.
With safety in mind, enjoy this fun, exciting night of celebrations.
Happy New Year!