New Year’s Eve is often filled with fireworks, parties and serious liability risks! So before you send the invitations or decide on a channel for the ball drop, read these tips to help the nights run smooth and to help protect your home’s liability.
- Always read and follow label directions
- Only use fireworks outdoors
- Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
- Only light one firework at a time and never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
- Fireworks should only be used with close adult supervision
- Never give fireworks to small children
- Be sure to have water handy
If you are hosting a party:
- Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” Make this your responsibility. Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
- Contact a local cab company to provide rides for you and/or your guests.
- Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
- Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.
- Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.
- Staying inside at midnight to celebrate with friends and family is always the safest place to be.
- DO NOT fire weapons into the air. Bullets and projectiles can travel long distances causing injury and death. You have no control where a projectile will land when fired indiscriminately into the air.
If you are the designated driver:
- Be a defensive driver.
- Keep distractions (cell phones, food, and drunk friends) to a minimum.
- Make sure that you and your passengers are wearing a seat belt.
- Find a safe location and call 9-1-1 if you see a drunk driver on the road.