New Year Celebration Safety Tips and Reminders

As we all look forward to a brighter 2023, it is only right to celebrate the upcoming new year and all our achievements in the current year with our loved ones and friends. Celebrating the new year can be fun but we must all do our best to prioritize our safety and avoid actions that may cause danger to our family or anyone celebrating.

Below are hazards that can be a potential danger during year-end celebrations:

  • Uncontrolled Alcohol Consumption
  • Distracted Driving
  • Party Safety
  • Fireworks Safety
  • Pet Safety

Uncontrolled Alcohol Consumption

There is no problem in enjoying a couple of drinks while celebrating the new year, however, it is important to remember the following:

  • Consume alcohol in moderation. This will help minimize health risks and harm to yourself and others.
  • Know your limits. It is best to stop consuming alcohol if you sense yourself losing control of your behavior. This way, you are safe and do no harm to others.
  • Drink water. It is best to stay hydrated during parties.

Distracted Driving

After midnight, New Year’s Eve celebrations come to an end, and millions take to the roads and public transportation to return home. The sheer number of travelers, combined with the inevitability of irresponsibly impaired drivers, makes for a dangerous evening on the roads and one of the deadliest days for drunk driving.

  • Have a designated driver. This is the simplest way to prevent unnecessary accidents on the road.
  • Have a backup plan if you do not have a designated driver. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft provide convenience and increased safety so take advantage of them.
  • Always stay attentive and aware when behind the wheel. People at the other end of distracted driving and drunk driving accidents can’t control the actions of others. So even if you haven’t had a sip of alcohol, the best thing you can do is to pay attention to your surroundings when driving on New Year’s Eve.
  • Put the phone down – that text or call can wait. It is critical to keep your eyes on the road, especially with more people out and about on New Year’s Eve.

Party Safety (Party Hosts Reminders)

  • Do not provide alcohol to minors. Keep an eye on all drinks and supplies.
  • Offer non-alcoholic drink options and have plenty of water available.
  • Stop serving alcohol several hours before the party ends.
  • Provide food and snacks so guests are not drinking on an empty stomach. Avoid salty snacks, which can encourage people to drink more.
  • Research numbers for local hospitals and authorities and have them ready in the case of an accident.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working
  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests, or have a trusted designated driver ready to take guests home if necessary.
  • Provide guests with a place to stay overnight should they need to.

Fireworks Safety

  • Keep children safely out of harm’s way. If something does go wrong, the farther they are from immediate danger the better.
  • Never light fireworks indoors.
  • Never point fireworks at anyone or anywhere other than straight up toward the sky.
  • Keep fireworks away from flammable material, even before opening, and always handle them carefully.

Pet Safety

  • Animals – especially dogs – are more sensitive to loud, harsh noises than humans. If you have pets at home or in your neighborhood, it might be best to avoid fireworks altogether.
  • Keep them indoors and wrap them in a blanket while the fireworks are going off outside.
  • There may be hazards and debris on the ground during, or after, a New Year’s Eve celebration. When walking your dog, keep your eyes peeled to avoid remnants of glass or fireworks on the ground.

Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve! If you or a loved one has been injured during the holidays because of someone else’s negligence, contact us at Darfoor Law Firm and we will give you the best service you deserve. Call us at +1-833-327-3667 for a free consultation and case evaluation. Happy New Year!

 

Safety Tips for Bicyclists in Florida

A lot of residents in the State of Florida prefer and enjoy bicycling because it is a form of excellent exercise, it is environmentally friendly, and the year-round weather here provides an ideal setting for the said activity. But unfortunately, bicycling accidents still happen around the US and Florida is consistently one of the states that contribute to the number of bicycle accidents in national rankings. Because of this, it is important that every bicyclist understand safety measures he or she can undertake to help stay safe on the road. Below are safety measures that bicyclists should do to help themselves stay safe on the road:

Before leaving, it is best to:

1. Map out a route in advance

2. Wear a helmet that fits properly

3. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order

4. Never drink or do drugs before riding your bicycle

5. Try to avoid nighttime rides or riding in bad weather

6. If you must ride at night, wear reflective gear, or attach panels to your clothes

7. Fully charge your cell phone so that you have it if an emergency arises

While on the road, you should:

1. Obey signs and traffic signals

2. Stay in the designated bicycle lane

3. Always travel in the same direction as cars

4. Lookout for and avoid road hazards like potholes and cracked concrete

5. If wearing headphones, ensure you can still hear what is happening around you

6. Use hand signals and call out before changing lanes or turning

7. Avoid distracting behavior such as using your cell phone while riding

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the fault of someone else, Darfoor Law Firm is here to help you and give you the best service you deserve. Accidents can be tough to deal with and you need someone who will understand, sympathize, and fight for you. You may contact us at +1-833-327-3667 for a free consultation and case evaluation.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Kids about Fireworks Safety

Setting off fireworks is traditional and a classic thing to do in the US and around the world. It is fun and amazing to watch. Unfortunately, it only takes one mistake for you or your child to suffer a serious injury. Below are some safety tips to consider during the New Year’s celebration:

Enjoy Fireworks Safely and From a Distance

Whether you are setting off rockets or firecrackers this New Year’s Eve, your kids will want to join in on the fun. But to ensure safety, kids should never set off fireworks on their own and should never be allowed to play with firecrackers. Before your family gets carried away setting off rockets, make sure to keep your kids at least 10 feet away. You can always tell them they will get a better view from a distance. Give a large perimeter if any of your neighbors are also lighting off fireworks. A single error might cause a rocket to launch in the wrong direction.

Light a Sparkler at Arm’s Length

Almost every adult may recall a time when they played with sparklers as a kid, but we bet you also recall the burn you had when one hit your skin or face. Remind your older children to keep sparklers and poppers at least an arm’s length away from their faces, clothes, and other kids. Take away the sparklers if your children start to tease or bother one another with them. They might cry, but not quite as much as they would if they were struck by a spark.

Enjoy a Professional Show

The easiest way to avoid a firework-related injury is to let a professional handle the show. You may sit back and relax with your kids while watching a fireworks display instead of launching your own. This way, you have ensured safety and still have fun and celebrate the festivity.

Avoid Illegal and Homemade Fireworks

Illegal fireworks are being sold on the internet and even on the side of the road nowadays. To avoid running afoul of these illegal – and extremely dangerous – fireworks, always check the label. Legal fireworks will always have a manufacturer’s name and directions on how to use them, while illegal fireworks will lack any obvious safety instructions.

If your child is injured due to someone’s negligence, you may contact Darfoor Law Firm at +1-833-327-3667 for a free consultation and case evaluation. Have a happy holiday!