As we usher in 2013 next week with family and friends, please keep in mind a few safety tips as you plan your evening’s events.

First, if you plan to set off fireworks, check with your state’s laws regarding the personal use of fireworks prior to purchasing them. If permitted to use fireworks, it is wise to adhere to the following rules:

  • Light them in a field or other open area where homes and power lines are out of site.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby and never try to re-light a firework that did not go off when first lit.
  • Be sure pets and children are at a safe distance from where fireworks are being ignited.

Additionally, be mindful of transportation if you are planning to consume alcohol on New Year’s Eve. For the year 2011, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicted that more than 10,000 people would die in drunk-driving accidents.

Make driving plans before you start festivities. If hosting a party, we recommend calling taxis for guests, designating a driver, or making plans for them to spend the night. If you’re planning to go out, always designate a driver at the beginning of the evening to avoid unsafe situations.

Soucy Insurance Agency wishes you a very safe and happy New Year!