Your health and safety is always a top concern regardless of where you’re celebrating this New Year’s Eve. The unexpected can happen at any time in any place – that is why it’s unexpected! Though it might not seem like a hazard, even popping a bottle of champagne can lead to an eye injury. This may seem harmless, but the pressure inside a bottle of champagne can launch the cork up to 50 MPH, leaving you little time to react.
New Year’s Eve Hazard Tips
- Avoid a trip to the ER by making sure no one is in the way of a champagne cork’s launching path. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle pointed away from your face, other people, animals, or breakables.
- Now, it’s not just the bottle that can be hazardous on New Year’s Eve, but also the contents. Many folks celebrate with consuming alcohol, which can obviously lead to dangerous consequences if not done mindfully. Alcohol is a diuretic and can lead to dehydration, so make sure you’re also drinking enough water.
- Since New Year’s Eve happens in winter, cold-related complications such as frostbite or hypothermia can happen if you’re celebrating outdoors. Staying hydrated can help reduce your risk of either.
Make Good Choices
Alcohol consumption can also impair your judgment and you can wind up making poor choices leading to falls, injuries, or social consequences. However, the main thing to look out for is safety on the road. Make sure to never drink and drive, and be on the lookout for those who have on New Year’s Eve. The National Safety Council estimates more than 400 people will die on New Year’s Eve. It’s everyone’s responsibility to look out for ourselves and our loved ones to keep them safe. Make sure to have a designated driver if you’re drinking alcohol away from your home, or use a taxi or rideshare service to get home safely.
Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!