New Year's Eve is quickly approaching. It is a time to go out, celebrate with friends and family and create new memories. Even though the night is meant to be positive one, many negative things can occur and we want you to be safe and prepared whether you are ringing in the New Year with us, somewhere else, or at home. Here are some tips to make sure you and your loved ones have a safe New Year's Eve!
Safety while going out...
- Bring only what you need for the evening such as: keys, a driver's license, money and one credit card for emergencies.
- If you drink...DON'T drive! We want everyone to have a great night and if you drive while under the influence it could result in hurting (or worse) yourself, or someone else.
- The hours of 8pm and 12am are when alcohol related accidents occur the most. If possible, avoid being on the road during these hours.
- If possible, use public transportation. If that is not an option, remember to have a designated driver. However, even while using public transportation, it is always a good idea to have one member of your group stay sober for safety reasons.
- Be aware of your surroundings when you are out and about.
- Use the buddy system. Never walk around alone, especially if you are intoxicated. This makes you very vulnerable of an attack.
- Do not leave drinks unattended. If you do, take the time to a get a new one.
- Eat, before you drink! Drinking on an empty stomach is not a good idea, as it will increase the affects of alcohol on your system.
- Lastly, if you see something suspicious or illegal...Call the Police!!
Safety while hosting a party...
- If you are hosting, when guests arrive have them turn over their keys. This will prevent someone from driving home while intoxicated.
- Make sure to have a list of cab companies handy for your guests.
- Be prepared to make room for those guests that will need to stay the night.
- Make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and have an evacuation plan in case of an emergency.
- If you have minors attending, be sure to ID guests. Even if parents are around, you could get into a lot of trouble for serving a minor alcohol.
- Have two different colored cups; one for alcoholic beverages and one for non-alcoholic, to avoid any confusion.
- Be sure to have food and snacks available for guests, so they are not drinking on an empty stomach.
- Lastly, if there are any problems or issues...Call the Police.
We hope you decide to ring in the New Year safely with us at Applebee's!!!
However, even if you do not, we hope that you and your loved ones have a safe and happy New Year!!
All the best,
Sara A. Straw