Ringing in the New Year Safely

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Ringing in the New Year Safely

It’s almost the start of a New Year, and there is plenty to celebrate. The North District RCMP is reminding people to celebrate responsibly. Officers will be out New Year’s Eve, looking for impaired drivers.

Before popping champagne, Corporal Madonna Saunderson cautions residents to plan ahead. “With so many safe options to use; there’s Operation Red Nose, there’s taxis, there’s transit and friends, there’s perhaps the option to stay the night where you are going…there’s never ever an excuse to drive while impaired.”

Fireworks can also be a safety concern when not used properly. The Chief Fire Prevention Officer for the Prince George Fire Rescue Service, Marcel Profeit, has the following tips:

  • Make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions
  • Never light a firework when you are holding it in your hand
  • Light with a light stick, not a match or a lighter
  • Bystanders should stand back at least 20 metres
  • You can use the snow to set the fireworks
  • Avoid shooting fireworks off in small backyards or tight spaces
  • Shoot away from trees, power pulls and power lines

Those heading out of town over the long weekend are advised to drive according to the conditions. The Regional Lead of Injury Prevention for Northern Health, Natasha Thorne, says “Car crashes are not accidents. They are preventable.”

She says leave lots of room between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you. It’s also important to watch for black ice and wildlife.

“We have long stretches of highway where it will take a while for a tow truck to get to you,” says Thorne. “So having an emergency kit in your vehicle is a good idea.”


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