It seemed like it was just yesterday when we were ringing in 2014 and now it is time to welcome 2015! New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders that the New Year brings. Family and friends gather together for smaller, intimate gatherings or attend large New Year’s Eve parties and outdoor celebrations. It is crucial to create a safe experience for everyone on New Year’s Eve. According to a 2005 study by the United State Fire Administration, cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires on New Year’s Eve and heating is the leading cause of home fires on New Year’s Day. Fires on December 31st and January 1st cost an estimated $92 million in property damage annually. It is also important to be diligent in your holiday home decorations. Holiday decorations could be a fire hazard during a New Year’s Celebration.
AKE Safety Equipment wants to share some basic fire safety tips to make New Year’s Eve celebrations, both at home and at larger venues, safe for your family and friends.
New Year’s Eve at Home Safety Tips
- The first step is continuing to be diligent about fire safety in your home by testing the batteries (and replacing if needed) on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Keep pets and children away from lit candles and fireplaces. Also, keep matches and lighters in a locked cabinet out of reach of children.
- Do not leave food unattended in the kitchen when you are cooking, this is especially true when frying and boiling items on the stovetop. Keep children and pets away from cooking surfaces and hot pans and dishes.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside during your party. Provide deep ashtrays and make sure to wet the cigarette butts before discarding.
- If you allow smoking inside your home, after the party, check for remnants of cigarettes in couches and cushions.
Large Venue and Outdoor New Year’s Eve Celebration Fire Safety Tips
- Check to make sure that the room and the building has wide entrance and exits are not blocked by decorations such as Christmas trees.
- Look out for possible fire sources at the venue, such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make your feel unsafe. Keep an eye out for alternative exits, sprinkler systems, and smoke alarms.
- Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve
- 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.
- Do not let children near any fireworks that are discarded or left over. The fireworks could still be active and could go off injuring the child.
AKE Safety Equipment wishes our family, friends, customers and vendors a Happy and Safe New Year!