New Year’s Eve is a fantastic time to celebrate; out with the old, in with the new. And since 2018 has been quite a wild ride, let’s have a party! But, as you know, we at BMR Insurance always have your safety in mind, and that’s why we want you to enjoy yourself, if you can just keep these few recommendations at your fingertips:
- Don’t leave your drink: If you’re at a party or at a bar, please don’t leave your drink unattended. Without an keen eye on your drink, the night’s events can go south very quickly. Someone could spike a drink with the goal of theft or worse—this is a true threat for women AND men. Please either take your drink with you (yes, even to the bathroom), or leave it with a trusted friend. If you managed to forget your drink, bite the bullet and buy a new one. And beware drinks given to you by new “friends” or other people you don’t know.
- Celebrate with champagne: There’s nothing quite like the sound of a champagne cork poppin—unless someone gets a cork in the face. Please be aware of where you’re pointing the bottle, and make sure to aim the cork away from lamps, artwork, fine china—and especially people. A trip to the emergency room is not the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Use a car service: Do you have a friend who has chosen not to drink on New Year’s Eve? Maybe someone who started a resolution early, or started a cleanse for 2019? If not, make sure you have your Uber, Lyft or other rideshare app ready to go in your phone, especially if the only other choice is to drive drunk. Don’t drink and drive EVER. (P.S. Cab fare is a lot cheaper than the cost of a DUI!) Also, be aware of your surroundings as you flag down your Uber or cab; it’s not unusual for people to be so focused on their driver’s car they might miss the other one coming up the street—and get hit.
- Don’t let off fireworks: Please refrain from celebrating fireworks. Yes, it’s winter, and we’ve had some rain, but California’s hillsides are still as dry as a tinderbox. Any stray spark could cause a fire that could destroy property and put residents and firefighters in jeopardy. Haven’t we had enough fires this year? Besides, fireworks are illegal in most Southern California counties. Follow the law, please!
- Safety in numbers: If you’re going to a public New Year’s Eve party, a private party or a large function, bring a friend—or three! Whether you’re male or female, don’t assume that you’re not the kind of person to get targeted. Predators will hone in on anyone they see with their guard down, so have fun, but be aware. And also make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone before leaving the house, and if you can fit it, a portable charger for yourself or others whose batteries run out.
- Pets and parties don’t mix: Remember, loud noises frighten most animals, so put them in a safe place in your home, especially if you are out for the evening. Pets that escape in a panic can run into traffic, cause accidents and become injured or killed. They might not make their way home—and remember, a scared animal will lash out with the only defenses it has, and that means your dog can get it trouble if it bites someone. So make sure that doors, fences and gates are secure, that your pet has its ID and license on them, and keep them inside with calming music or ambient noise to drown out any party sounds or fireworks.
Have a great New Year’s Eve, everyone! We want to thank all of our loyal customers for their business during 2018, and we look forward to serving you in 2019!
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