FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: NEW YEAR'S EVE SAFETY

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

December 31, 2013 (San Diego) – New Years Eve is a special evening, however it’s no special pass to overdo it.  “These Safe and responsible tips should be practiced year round,” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

Designate a Driver. If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don't drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel. You might even be on the water this New Years Eve. The person in charge of navigating the boat needs to be cautious, as this still applies as well - so drink sensibly.  Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting.

Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. If someone is 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.  If you don't have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. 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 seatbelt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend's place nearby is a convenient solution.

Be a team and look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fast-paced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in this environment is imperative. Don't forget about your pets. Anything with loud noises will scare pets and children. No fireworks.

Happy New Year!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.