New Year’s Eve Safety Guide

December 30, 2018 | by BMI Staff

If you’re planning a celebration to bring in the new year, safety may not be the first thing on your mind. That’s why we’re here! We’ve thought of everything you need to know both before and after that ball drops. 

For the Party Hosts…

Throwing together a successful get-together for such a major holiday can be STRESSFUL, but the last ball you want to drop is guest safety. A clean house, fancy hors d’oeuvres, and perfect decorations are a nice touch—but keeping your guests out of harm’s way should take priority. 

In addition to throwing the party of the year, it’s up to you to protect your home against mischief. Make sure you know everyone coming through the front door. Two of the hardest qualities for people-pleasing party throwers to balance are being firm and being fun. Remember that you have graciously offered up your home for the festivities, so you should have the final say on what happens within it. If you’re not comfortable with confrontation, there will likely be a good friend or two in your midst who would be willing to defend your party from any potential danger.  

Be sure to let your guests know ahead of time what kind of gathering you’re expecting. An invited guest may find it harmless to bring 10 of her closest friends, while you were operating on an invite-only basis. Setting the expectation ahead of time reduces that ambiguity. 

For the Designated Drivers…

Before you head out on New Year’s Eve, make a plan for where you’d like to end the night. Consider minimizing your travel time, as New Year’s is notorious for large numbers of alcohol-related car accidents each year. 

When deciding on your night’s transportation plans, understand there is a greater risk of having your car stolen on New Year’s Eve, so avoid leaving your car somewhere overnight. If you don’t already use an anti-theft device, consider grabbing one for under $10. 

Are your teenage kids planning to drive that night? Discuss the evening’s plans ahead of time, and warn them of the dangers of driving on this dangerous holiday. Make sure you know where they’ll be—and vice versa—in case of an emergency. 

For Everyone Else…

We hope that you have an exceptional holiday, and the best way to do that is to simply be responsible and observant. Evaluating your limits and being aware of your surroundings will both go a long way in producing a fun and memorable night. 

With these safety tips in mind, you’ll be ready to bring in the new year in 3…2…1…