New Year’s Eve safety checklist
The year is almost over. For the organized, resolutions for 2016 are placed beside the checklist for New Year’s Eve. A checklist certainly drawn up to make sure the last day of the year goes off without a hitch. A great New Year’s Eve sets the tone for the rest of the year it ushers in, right? With the menu set, drinks mapped out, the best possible combination of guests and company invited, weather forecasts taken into consideration – what else is there left to do? Here are five things to put in your New Year’s Eve safety checklist.
According to the City of Johannesburg bylaws, fireworks can only be ignited between 11pm and 1am on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Furthermore, fireworks are not to be ignited in the presence of animals. The stimulation upsets them and leads to the animals acting erratic, which makes them a danger to themselves, people and other animals.
Supervised use of fireworks by children is imperative. Fireworks that look simple, can go wrong and cause accidents.
- Fire safety
South Africans love braaing, and it’s not unexpected to braai during special occasions like New Year’s Eve. If the weather is particularly grumpy, a fire can keep guests warm and the party going well into the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Put someone in charge of tending to the fire other than the person braaing to ensure it is put out as soon as the meat is ready. Ensure that absolutely no fireworks are put in the fire for any reason.
- Pet Care
As mentioned above, because of fireworks, New Year’s Eve is usually a traumatic time for animals. If you have pets, keep their safety a priority on this day. The most important thing is to keep them inside where they will be safe and the noise muffled to a degree. Keep them in a secluded part of the house with lots of water, food and a treat or two.
Consider asking your vet for medication that will help the pets relax and not get too anxious on the day.
If your New Year’s Eve festivities will not be happening close to home, put the keys away. Call for a taxi to take you home once the party finishes. With the burden of driving lifted, you will be able to relax and have the best night. Driving while under the influence of alcohol puts everyone on the road with you in danger. It’s a selfish thing to do when you know you have been drinking.
Relying on another person to limit their intake during the party so they will be the designated driver is also risky unless they don’t drink at all. Stay over or call a taxi.
Stay Safe, and see you in the new year.