Like millions of other folks, your employees may be celebrating the year gone by on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, celebrations are often the times when safety precautions are forgotten in the midst of fun and festivities. Regardless whether you’re hosting a company event for New Year’s, take the opportunity to remind employees how to stay safe during celebrations.
Consider these New Year’s safety tips:
- If you are hosting a party, you are responsible for your guests’ safety, both during and after the party. Make sure you provide a safe environment for your guests. You should also arrange for taxi transportation, or offer a place for your guests to sleep.
- If you are not staying home on New Year’s Eve, make sure you tell a friend or family member where you will be. You may want to text or call them when you arrive at your destination and when you get home to let them know you’re safe.
- Never point or shoot fireworks in the direction of a person, animal, vehicle, or structure.
- Make sure you are prepared for police checkpoints. Proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and valid driver’s license should all be easily located.
- If you are celebrating with friends, ensure they do not drink and drive. Your good influence could save their lives.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Celebrate with people you know who are willing to look out for your best interest.
- Never leave your food or drink unattended.
- Be wary of people who are becoming intoxicated or acting out of character.
- Do not leave a party with someone you do not know.
- It is extremely unsafe to yourself and others to come to work intoxicated or hungover. If your job requires you to be present on New Year’s Day, it is in your best interest to avoid alcohol the previous night.