In just a few hours, we will be welcoming a new year! As much as we love to treat ourselves to a joyous moment with our friends and families, there is also a need to celebrate with caution. Here are a few tips to ensure that you’ll enter a new phase safely.
1. Skip the firecrackers.
As of December 28, 2017, the Department of Health (DOH) has already recorded 61 firecracker-related injuries nationwide. This figure is a lot lower than the reported cases last year which blasted to more than 600. While a significant decrease has been observed this year, we can still minimize the number of injuries by refraining from using firecrackers.
In compliance to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 28, private citizens are banned from using firecrackers or staging fireworks displays in their residential areas. Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), together with the Local Government Units (LGUs), has already identified official firecracker zones and fireworks display zones in Metro Manila. The public is reminded about the cities with a complete firecracker ban which include Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasig and Pateros.
2. Opt for alternative noisemakers.
The New Year’s celebration isn’t complete without making noise. Because of the firecracker ban, indulge in alternative ways of ending the year with a bang, such as blowing loud horns and whistles, banging pots and pans or turning up your radio.
3. Celebrate the budget-friendly way.
There are several groups or organizations that organize events such as New Year countdowns, concerts, fireworks displays and more. You can search the net for activities that are scheduled to pump up the crowd and create memorable New Year experiences.
4. Show extra love to your pets.
Sudden loud noises can stress your furry friends at home. As a responsible pet owner, give extra attention to your precious animals so they won’t panic. Make sure to keep them inside a room with comforting music to drown out the noise. More tips from this report:
5. Monitor the weather and other news.
Amidst the celebration, our safety must always be a priority. Along with the changing dates are also the changes in our weather. Tropical cyclones and other weather disturbances may hamper your plans so take time to monitor updates and other announcements.