Tips for Staying Safe on New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/31/2013 6:39 PM
Created: 12/31/2013 5:43 PM
By: Joe Mazan

People all across the metro are getting ready to ring in the New Year. Below zero temperatures and bitter wind chills can make this a dangerous evening.

Paramedic Robert Ball with Hennepin EMS says injuries caused by fighting because of intoxication is one of the top three calls he sees on New Years Eve.

"It's great to go out and have a great time especially on New Years Eve, but drink smart drink sensibly," Ball said.

Falls on ice also make the list and frostbite rounds out the the top three.

Ball said it is better to walk like a penguin and shuffle your feet when walking to prevent slipping.

High heels, little black dresses and more means that people are wearing less even as the temperatures drop.

Using a coat check and being mindful of temperatures are critical for ringing in the New Year in Minnesota, Ball said.


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
50° | 46°
  • Feels like: 39° F
  • Wind: ESE 9mph
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Thu Cloudy, periods of rain
    60° | 42°
  • Fri Occasional showers possible
    52° | 37°
  • Sat Partly cloudy
    52° | 36°
  • Sun Windy with a few showers
    50° | 38°