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New Year's Eve Safety Tips

Ensuring a safe New Year's Eve celebration for yourself and your family is as easy as following a few simple precautions.
NYE Safety Tips: Going Out

  • Bring only what you need in your handbag or wallet, such as your driver’s license, money and one credit card. Don’t take other valuables you might normally carry.
  • While its fun to share where you are on social media sites, be aware you are publicly alerting others that you are not at home.
  • Auto accidents due to alcohol consumption are highest between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., so avoid being on the road at those times.
  • If you plan on drinking, DON’T DRIVE. Protect yourself and others by having a designated driver.
  • If you are on the road and see someone you believe to be a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.
  • If you are driving, make sure to park in a well-lit area that’s populated. Check that your windows are rolled up, doors are locked and valuables are out of sight.
  • In addition to watching for intoxicated drivers, watch out for intoxicated walkers who may ignore lights or crosswalks.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended. Finish it before you hit the restroom or dance floor.
  • Call the police if you see anything illegal or suspicious taking place. The OCSD non-emergency line is (714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011
New Year’s Eve Safety Tips: Staying In
  • If the party is at your house, be sure all smoke alarms are working and have fresh batteries.
  • Have phone numbers handy for a cab company, emergency contacts and poison control if something unexpected occurs. The OCSD non-emergency line is (714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011.
  • Have guests turn their keys in to you upon arrival and put them in a secure place. That way you can ensure that everyone has a safe ride home.
  • If cups are unattended for a while, dump them, especially if there are kids or pets around.
  • Stop serving alcohol at a determined time .
  • If you’re burning candles, remember to extinguish them before the end of the party.
  • Be prepared to let your guests stay the night as an alternative to them driving home after drinking.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Hutchens wish you a safe and happy 2013.