What prepper traditions do you celebrate on New Year’s Eve?
At our house, the event is typically low-key. We eat delicious appetizers, play board games, and if in the country, set off a few fireworks.
Many preppers have a much wider range of options for celebrating New Year’s Eve. Celebrations like fireworks, celebratory gunfire, and even bonfires are all tons of fun on New Year’s Eve. However, these celebrations can quickly get out of hand if you do not take the proper safety precautions. No matter what kind of event you attend this New Year’s, stay safe by taking the following safety precautions.
Keeping Fireworks Legal and Safe
Fireworks are a New Year’s Eve tradition, but even minor explosives can easily get out of hand. Before celebrating with fireworks, make sure there are no burn or fireworks bans in your county. Only use legally-sourced fireworks manufactured in the United States, if possible, and take the following safety measures to keep friends and family safe during fireworks use:
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to extinguish exploded fireworks.
- Always wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
- Keep children at least 10-20 feet away from lit fireworks.
- Always light fireworks from the ground in a space well away from buildings, tall grass, and other flammable materials.
- Wear ear plugs to protect your ears from loud explosions.
Shooting Guns on New Year’s Eve
Many people love to fire a few shots into the night on New Year’s Eve. This practice is somewhat dangerous, so it is important to approach it with caution. Use the following safety measures to keep gunfire safe this holiday:
- Do not fire bullets into the air- fire at a target instead.
- Always wear eye and ear protection when firing guns.
- Make sure everyone is behind the barrel of the gun – no one should be in front.
Enjoy Bonfires with Confidence
Bonfires are a fun way to celebrate the New Year with the entire family. On a cold night, there is nothing more cheerful or fun than a large bonfire. As with fireworks, make sure your county does not have a burn ban before lighting your bonfire. If you plan to have a bonfire this year, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Place the fire in an area well away from buildings, grass, and other flammable items.
- Surround the fire with rocks.
- Keep buckets of water or a fire extinguisher nearby in case the flames travel.
- Douse the fire with water before retiring for the night.
Staying Safe Wherever You Are
No matter what kind of New Year’s Eve celebration you have this year, make safety a priority. No one wants to end up in the hospital on New Year’s Day!
How do you plan for safety during New Year’s and other celebratory events?