New Year’s Eve surrounded by family and friends is a wonderful way to celebrate the start of a new year.  Everyone wants to have a memorable night but that is when things can go wrong.  Many involve alcohol and fireworks into their New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Do not let an accident or injury ruin your night.  Never accept an open drink from anyone but a bartender.  Assign an individual to be the one who lights up fireworks to prevent injury.

Remember that whether gatherings involve a small group of friends or going to a big party, it is important to stay safe on the last day of the year.  Read tips below so everyone stays out of harm’s way.

Staying Safe When Celebrating:

  • Do not drink and drive, have a designated driver, call for a ride, or use Uber.
  • Monitor your alcohol intake.  Make sure to stay hydrated with water and have enough to eat.
  • Be careful with what you are sharing on social media on New Year’s Eve.
  • Go out in groups, look out for each other staying safe when in an unfamiliar environment.

Firework Safety Tips:

  • Only use fireworks outside, there is never a reason for them to be set off inside.
  • Use fireworks as directed by the product label and never purchase illegal or homemade fireworks.
  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks within Houston city limits.  The use of fireworks is a Class C Misdemeanor and are illegal with fines ranging from $500 – $2000 for each individual firework.  You can report the illegal use of fireworks to the City of Houston by calling 713-884-3131.
  • Never give fireworks to young children.
  • When shooting fireworks always wear safety glasses and other safety gear.
  • Always have a bucket of water or water hose nearby
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and in your trashcan.
  • And remember that alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

Pet Safety:

  • Keep your pets inside or away from fireworks.
  • Make sure that all fences and gates are secure.
  • Ensure your pet has a collar with tags if it gets out of your yard.
  • If your pet has shown signs of extreme uneasiness ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers.

Follow these safety tips and enjoy New Year’s Eve.  And from all of us at Premium Insurance Happy New Year!