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Happy (SAFE) New Year!

Submitted by on December 29, 2011 – 12:40 pm One Comment

New Year’s Eve can be a great time to catch up with old friends, make new ones or celebrate with the one you love. However, it can also be an evening when people don’t exactly think as clearly as they should. Following are some small tips that will make a giant impact on how much fun you truly have. 



You’ve RSVP’ed
If you’re not hosting the party, plan for how you’re going to get home.

  • Assign a designated driver
  • Travel to and from the party via cab
  • Crash at the home of the party host
  • Ask a sober family member to drop off and pick up
  • Travel with a party bus that drives right to the front door

Party’s At My House
Every party host wants to put out an awesome food dis­play, complete with all the bells and whistles. However, something to consider is how long that food may be sitting out. Foods like meats, cheeses, fruits and veg­gies won’t hold too long so take this into consideration as you’re planning your menu or else you could end up with some very sick party-goers.

In fact, according to WebMd, more than 250 different diseases can cause food poisoning. Here are some tips the site recommends:

  • Wash hands before, during and after food prep
  • Don’t handle or pet animals during cooking
  • Cook meats and eggs thoroughly to avoid E-coli and salmonella
  • Thoroughly clean utensils and cutting boards after cut ting raw meats before using again
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water before serving.
  • Keep hot foods hot [140F or above] and cold foods cold [40F or below].

We’re Going Out!
Decided to go out to a public place instead? Make sure you exercise some caution. From money matters and transportation to staying with your friends, there are tons of things to consider on New Year’s Eve:

  • Alcohol tends to alter rational thinking and wallets can be easily lifted or dropped. Consider using cash cards that have a limited value or have a “no loss” guarantee from the bank issuing it. Never leave wallets or purses unattended.
  • Set up a credit card tab in advance so you can leave your credit card locked in the car, handed to a designated driving friend or kept in a money belt or body wallet. If the establishment holding the NewYear’s celebration accepts pre-payment over the phone for the night, that might eliminate the need to bring money entirely.
  • Never start drinking if you don’t have your ride home arranged. If you don’t have a ride and you’ve been drinking, your judgment might be so impaired that you stupidly decide to drive. Never let that happen.
  • Always go out with a group. If you decide to attend a party at a bar or a club, make sure you always have some companions at your side — especially if you’re a female.

Keeping these simple, but vital tips in mind as you head out will make your night safer and that more enjoyable.

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