If you haven't started your New Year's Eve Celebration just yet, here are a few things to remember:
- Driving sober keeps you safer. Driving sleep deprived can be as dangerous as driving under the influence. Distance doesn't matter, driving 50 feet or 50 miles can prove fatal for you, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians.
- When celebrating in large crowds know your emergency exits. Know the evacuation plan for the area or the facility.
- If something seems unsafe check with staff or a public safety official. Your eyes could prevent a fatal collapse, a blocked emergency exit in a fire, or other hazard.
- Are you traveling to or from an event on your own? Will you know someone at your destination? If something were to happen to you on foot do you have identification and emergency contact numbers that can be accessed in your phone or in your wallet?
- If you drink excessively and hurt yourself or simply pass out, do your friends know what to do? Will they drop you off anonymously at the driveway to the hospital emergency room? Anonymously dropping off a patient who is unconscious can be fatal. It is important for medical professionals to know what has happened and/or what the patient has ingested so that they may properly treat the patient.
Now, enjoy 2014!
Alex is a volunteer firefighter in Evansville, Indiana and a full-time firefighter in Providence, Kentucky. You can follow him on Twitter @FireSafetyAZ If you enjoyed this article leave a comment or click subscribe above to receive notification of future stories. Read a previous Fire Safety article: Lack of fire hydrants destroy Georgia officer's home