What happened to 2013? It just seemed like yesterday when we were ringing in 2013 and now it is time to celebrate 2014! People ring in the New Year in many different ways from large outdoor celebrations to extravagant indoor parties to more intimate family gatherings at home. It is highly important to keep vigilant in creating a safe experience for everyone on New Year’s Eve. As with the holiday decoration tips that we mentioned in an earlier blog post, it is key to remember safety tips for your New Year’s Eve Celebrations!
1. Test home smoke alarms on a monthly basis, especially before a big party. Replace the batteries on the smoke alarm if needed.
2. If you have overnight guests, make sure that they know about your family’s fire escape plans.
3. Keep pets and children away from lit candles and fireplaces. Also, keep matches and lighters in a locked cabinet out of reach of children.
4. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, broiling, or frying. Do not leave the stove unattended.
5. Ask smokers to smoke outside during your party. Provide deep ashtrays and make sure to wet the cigarette butts before discarding.
6. Check to make sure the building has a wide entrance and opens for an easy exit. Make sure exits are not blocked by decorations.
7. At large New Year’s Eve celebrations, keep an eye out for possible fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make your feel unsafe. Also, look for alternative exits, sprinkler systems, and smoke alarms.
8. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve. Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.
9. If you choose to shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions. Shoot off the fireworks in a clear field or open area with no overhead power lines. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Do not re-light fireworks that did not light the first time.
10. Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over. The fireworks could still be active and could go off injuring the child.
AKE Safety Equipment wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!