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See in the New Year safely

December 30 2018

See in the New Year safely urges Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service after it releases its top tips for a Happy and Safe New Year.

Of course we want you to enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations, but by following our safety tips you are ensuring you start 2019 without any tragic incidents. As much as we like to engage with our local community we don’t want to crash your parties, so please make sure you don’t need us.

Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Luznyj

Many community members will be preparing to host or attend parties or local events and the Service would like to remind residents how to stay safe while celebrating. Follow these tips to ensure your New Year goes off without any problems.

 

  1. Don’t drink and drive. If you’re going out this New Year ensure there is a designated driver or plan your way home by booking a taxi.
  2. Think about the morning after you’ve been drinking. You may still be over the limit so think twice before you get behind the wheel on New Year’s Day.
  3. Don’t cook if you are heavily intoxicated. Many people enjoy a midnight, post celebration snack, but avoid cooking if you have had a significant amount of alcohol and opt for a takeaway instead.
  4. Go to organised firework displays instead of buying your own.

Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Luznyj said: “Of course we want you to enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations, but by following our safety tips you are ensuring you start 2019 without any tragic incidents. As much as we like to engage with our local community we don’t want to crash your parties, so please make sure you don’t need us.

“A lot people think if they only have a couple of drinks they will all right to drive but this is usually not the case. We understand it’s a busy night to get transport so book your cabs in advance or take turns every year being the designated driver. It is also really important to make sure you are safe to drive the next day if you have been drinking. Alcohol stays in your blood for a considerable amount of time and affects your concentration and reflexes.

“As far as cooking goes, why not give yourself a break from the hob and order a takeaway. It’s the safest option if you’ve consumed a lot of alcohol as drinking lowers your attention span and increases the chances of you falling asleep with the cooker on.

“Follow this advice and you can’t wrong. Have a Happy New Year, stay safe and hopefully we won’t see you over the holidays.