While the holiday offers us a chance to ring in 2016 with friends, family, and fun, there are a few safety tips everyone should keep in mind.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Department of Fire Services (DFS), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Department of Public Health (DPH) have information to keep you and your family safe while welcoming the new year.
Many people travel to be with friends and family for the holiday. If you will be on the roads, make sure you are safe — drive responsibly and prepare for winter weather.
- Be a Responsible Driver — In 2012, more than a third of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth involved a driver under the influence of alcohol. Keep safe drinking tips for the holidays in mind and make the right call on New Year’s Eve by designating a driver, taking a taxi, or using public transportation if you plan on drinking. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offers free late-night public transit services on New Year’s Eve to ensure safe travel for the holiday.
- Get Ready for Winter Conditions — Prepare your car for winter driving, have a winter emergency car kit on hand, and follow winter driving safety tips. Even if snow or wintery conditions are not forecast, weather can change quickly in Massachusetts, so make sure you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature brings.
Fireworks Regulations and Safety
All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts — including sparklers — so leave fireworks to the professionals on New Year’s Eve.
Local fire departments supervise many fireworks displays across Massachusetts that you and your family can enjoy. Find a display or other New Year’s Eve events near you from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT).
See Something, Say Something
The public is a valuable source of information for law enforcement officials. While celebrating the holiday in your community, if you see something, say something. Report anything suspicious by calling 9-1-1 or your local police department, and stay away from potentially dangerous situations.
Help make New Year’s Eve a safe occasion in the Commonwealth — share these tips with friends and family before the holiday.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @MassGov.
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