Stay safe this New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the days people like to party and have a good time celebrating the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. Because New Year’s Eve is such a big night, there will be those who pop fireworks and drink. Whether you’re staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you’re traveling to a party, following a few safety tips will ensure that you’re safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the new year. Officer Garrett Spradling of Borger Police Department tells citizens not to drink and drive. Assign someone to be a designated driver or arrange for a place to stay once you get to your destination. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel. And know your limits. Spradling said, “Public intoxication is when you are a danger to yourself and others.” It is wise to be cautious of your surroundings and how others are acting. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It’s important to keep an eye out for each other. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seat belt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a crazy surronding so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you, especially or women, is imperative. Spradling says, “When you go out, make sure you tell someone where you are going and give them a alternate way of contacting you.” If you are letting off fireworks outside city limits, be sure to practice proper safety precautions when using them. Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards stated that the Hutchinson County area has been out of a burn ban since the middle of November, but people still need to take precautions. Have a fire extinguisher or water nearby and never try to re-light a firework that did not go off when first lit. Also, be sure children are at a safe distance from where fireworks are being ignited.