December in Connecticut can be a magical month. The whole month is devoted to holiday festivities. Pretty lights will be on houses. You’ll drink hot chocolate. You’ll listen to holiday music, go to cookie swaps with friends, present shopping, and more. The cold weather is relatively new, so it’s still entertaining and not the dreaded bore that it is by February. As the holiday season culminates this week in Christmas and then New Year’s, it is important that you don’t get too caught up in the festivities. Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe to keep the next few weeks as fun as possible.
There’s nothing like a White Christmas, but now that the weather is getting colder, it is important to be aware of the conditions. Follow these tips to stay safe:
- Wear layers. Bitter winds and low temperatures can make even a quick walk from the car to your house difficult. Start wearing layers that can be shed indoors to make sure that you are warm when spending time outside.
- Don’t neglect delicate body parts. Most people know that they need to break out their winter coats, but it is important to go a step further. Scarves, hats, warm socks, and gloves will protect body parts that are easily susceptible to frost bite.
- Be aware when driving. Driving can become much more difficult when the weather is bad. Watch out for black ice, snow, and hail. It is also a good idea to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the winter weather by getting your brakes checked and putting an ice scraper and small shovel in your car.
Celebrating the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to dangerous behavior if you are not careful. Follow these tips to avoid any illegal behavior, such as drinking and driving:
- Moderate how much you are drinking. A few beers or glasses of wine with dinner might seem innocent, but if you need to drive home, you need to be aware of what you are drinking, when you are drinking, and what you are eating. These factors will affect your BAC, which can rise surprisingly quickly. Keeping track of what you are drinking can help you determine if you can safely drive home at the end of the night.
- Have a backup plan. If you do realize that you have had too much to drink and you can’t drive home, have a Plan B. Call a taxi, stay over your loved one’s house, or ask someone else to drive you home. These alternatives might seem like a hassle, but they will be worth it to avoid a DUI.
- If you are pulled over for a DUI, call a lawyer immediately. Don’t answer the police officer’s questions if you are pulled over. Politely request the assistance of a lawyer before you proceed with standardized field sobriety tests or before you answer questions.
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