New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the previous year and welcome a new year and new beginning. As you work on your 2018 resolutions, don’t forget to celebrate safely and responsibly.
- Do not drink and drive. Have a designated driver, or call a driving service or cab.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- If you are driving, put your cell phone away.
- Drink water to stay hydrated throughout the night
- Be sure to eat if you plan to drink.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
Acadian Ambulance medics respond to a variety of incidents during the holidays, including firework injuries. However, many firework-related injuries can be prevented. We urge everyone who plans on adding personal fireworks to their New Year’s Eve celebrations to keep these tips from the National Fireworks Safety Council in mind.
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Keep a hose or water bucket handy in case of fire.
- Use fireworks as intended. Never try to combine two different fireworks, because you could be in for more than you bargained for.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
- Don’t allow anyone under the age of 12 to use fireworks of any type.
- Never try to substitute homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
- Make sure pets are safe and away from fireworks.
For burns, remember:
- If clothes are on fire, remember to stop, drop and roll on the ground to smother the fire.
- Do not pick up or touch any burning debris.
- Cool the burn for up to 10 minutes with water.
We always hope for the best and prepare for the worst, and urge you to do the same and share this information with your family. If you or someone near you is involved in a firework-related injury, do not hesitate to call 911.