East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is preparing for New Year’s Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2014 safe and well.
The traditional party night marks the end of more than a fortnight of seasonal celebrations which puts more demand on ambulances than any other time of the year.
Director of operations Richard Henderson said: “Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations always mean an increase in calls adding pressure to the service. Drinking alcohol can make people take risks they wouldn’t usually, often resulting in injury.
“If you’re planning on celebrating the new year make the right choice to stay safe. Know your alcohol limits and ensure you can get home at the end of the night.
“People can help us by not becoming a statistic and letting alcohol or drugs ruin their night.”
Stay safe this New Year...
1. Keep warm.
2. Eat something before you start drinking alcohol.
3. Ensure you have soft drinks or water to avoid dehydration.
4. Plan your journey home and ensure you save money for a taxi or bus.
5. Look out for your friends and don’t let anyone get left behind.