December 2015

Prepare to have fun this holiday season

This year, as we head out to holiday parties and get ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve, preparation goes a long way. Let’s make sure we and others get home safely this holiday season.

As a guest, along with thinking about what to wear and what to bring, it’s also important to think about how to get home if you have too much to drink. It’s always a good idea to have a designated driver in your group. If this isn’t an option, have a friend available to call who can pick you up, if necessary. Or, call a car service such as Uber or a taxi, although on some nights such as New Year’s Eve these may not be readily available. If the host is a good friend, and is willing to have you stay over, pack an overnight bag just in case.

For hosts, besides preparing for what to serve and how to decorate, it’s also necessary to plan how to get people home safely once they leave your home. Keep an eye on your guests, and have people you know who haven’t been drinking give rides to others. Have plenty of food to eat, and consider not serving alcohol after a certain time. Be ready to offer people a place to sleep for the night, or drive them home yourself if you are sober.

Partygoers may not intend to overdo it, but many variables can lead to intoxication. The amount of food in a person’s stomach, how many drinks consumed in a specific time period, body fat, gender and medications can all have an effect on blood alcohol levels. Only time can sober someone up, not drinking coffee or taking a cold shower.

Legally, anyone at or above a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 is considered intoxicated and can be charged with DUI. At this level, reduced coordination, trouble concentrating, impaired perception, and poor judgement can lead to devastating consequences behind the wheel. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), “In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 52 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.”

Let’s all do our part to prevent drunk driving and make sure everyone has a happy, healthy and safe new year!

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is a volunteer organization of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. With over 90 volunteers, we answer calls not only in Scotch Plains but in surrounding towns as well when needed. Besides answering calls, you will see our ambulances at many special events held in town, such as Scotch Plains Day, the Memorial Day Parade, high school football games, and the summer concerts on the Village Green. We are also available to provide demonstrations for Boys and Girls Scout troops, clubs, and any other group that may be interested in what we do. In addition, we lend out wheelchairs, crutches, canes and other assorted medical equipment free of charge.

Please reach out to us if there is something we can do for you. or call (908) 322-2103 for non-emergencies.

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is entering its 78th year of all volunteer emergency medical services to the community of Scotch Plains and surrounding communities, a distinction that very few rescue squads in the state have reached.