Have a Happy (and Safe!) New Year’s

December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve Fireworks

This is one of our favorite times of the year–out with the old and in the with new. It is important to be conscious of safety, though, during this potentially overwhelming holiday.

The remnants of wrapping paper are still littering our floors and the lingering smells of Christmas cookies are fading away as we approach another New Year’s Eve.

While this is a time of year to reflect on all we have done and look forward to all that we may achieve in the coming year, we must first take a moment to be grateful for our wellbeing and safety.

Here are a few tips for maintaining that sense of security as the ball drops this December 31st.

1. If you are hosting a party this year, be sure to provide non-alcoholic drinks for those guests wishing to simply enjoy the company or, more importantly, for those who have been given the role of designated driver.

2. PLAN TO HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER! If you or those in your party don’t want to have that responsibility, there are plenty of taxi cab and ride sharing services that would happily provide someone to take you to and fro all of your evening’s festivities.

3. Make sure that you have a nice meal before going out and consuming alcohol for the night. It is never wise to drink on an empty stomach.

4. Be smart and stay hydrated! Alcohol has a tendency to dehydrate over the course of the evening. Drinking one glass of water for every one cocktail would be in your best interest for avoided the dreaded New Year’s Day hangover.

5. Always be aware of your surroundings. It can be pretty easy to sometimes get caught up in the hubbub of the holiday, with so many bodies crunched together in homes, bars and restaurants. Keep track of your belongings, especially wallets, purses, cell phones, keys, and coats.

6. If you plan on ringing in 2016 with fireworks, please take the time to be as careful as possible. Designate an area away from any homes, trees, or cars before going ahead and lighting any off. Also remember, alcohol and fireworks are not a good combination, so if you think you’ve had one too many drinks, firecrackers may not be in your best interest.

7. HAVE FUN! New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah for seeing friends and family, for getting in those last minute goals, and setting the track for a brilliant year to come. Revel in the night and be sure to enjoy yourself.

A very Happy New Year to all of you, from us here at Burkhart Insurance!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Mathias Erhart

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