From Our Good Friends at ARAIt's almost time to celebrate the New Year and there are plenty of opportunities to have a good time - parties, dancing, drinking, eating delicious foods, etc. But don't let the fun and frivolity cause you or any loved ones injury or property damage. Enjoy your New Year's Eve events with these safety topics in mind: * Festive drinks are fabulous, but drink responsibly. Many communities will increase law enforcement coverage to help keep inebriated drivers off the roads. Organize your transportation plans ahead of time so you can enjoy yourself and arrive home safely. * If you're hosting a New Year party, take notice of the decorations you're using. Candles are beautiful and help to create a festive atmosphere with light and scent, but are they in a place where they could be bumped, potentially causing a fire? Party favors also can be dangerous. If you have children or pets at your party, you may want to forgo small whistles or plastic bells, which could easily be swallowed, causing a choking hazard. * Stay with your group if you head out for the evening. This way everyone can watch out for each other, and you can enjoy all the celebrations together. * Dress warmly. Even if you aren't joining the millions of people watching the ball drop outside in Times Square, in most parts of the country Dec. 31 is a very cold date in the middle of winter. Be prepared for situations like cars not starting, having to park a long distance away from the party or losing your keys. And if you're driving a long distance for the weekend, have plenty of antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid on hand, and check your tire conditions before you leave the house. It's a good idea to pack an emergency car kit, complete with tools, warm blankets, water, nonperishable food items, flashlights and cell phones, in case your car were to become stuck in a remote location. New Year's safety is important to keep in mind this year as you celebrate the arrival of 2011. Planning your activities ahead of time will help allow you to celebrate the night away, and make it back home safely.