New Year’s Eve is a night of celebration, but to make sure you don’t spend the New Year in the Trauma Department, health experts recommended having a plan.
“Make plans to have a designated driver if you’re going out drinking. You want to make sure that you’re paying attention to the roadways, whether you’re the driver or the pedestrian,” said Syndi Bultman, an Injury Prevention Resource Coordinator with Lee Health.
For the last three years, nearly a dozen people have gone to the Lee Health Trauma Center on New Year’s Eve. “Most of those have actually been from falls. They have been older adults that have been falling. They might be at a house that has the decorations up, and there’s a little party, and they are tripping on the cords or the rugs,” said Bultman.
If you’re having people over, make sure rugs, extension cords, and other objects are not putting people at risk for a fall. If people are drinking, make sure they have a safe way home and keep alcohol away from children. “If you have that party and somebody seems like they are really toasted and they pass out, don’t just leave them, call to get them some help because if their respiratory is less than eight, there’s a chance they won’t be waking up the next morning,” said Bultman.
If you plan on lighting fireworks, make sure you have water nearby and never relight a dud. “Keep the fireworks away from home, away from the dead trees and dead grass, anything that might catch fire because they are very flammable,” said Bultman.
Most importantly, if you are walking or driving make sure you are paying attention to your surroundings. “We’ve already had 98 people who have died on our roadway here this year, and that was of November 6th, so we don’t want that number to go any higher,” said Bultman.
If you plan on drinking, don’t plan on driving. Just a few ways to keep your New Year celebration safe and fun.
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