Those celebrating New Year's Eve tonight are encouraged to plan ahead.
Those celebrating New Year's Eve tonight are encouraged to plan ahead. Sam Flanagan

Put safety first as you welcome in the new year

REVELLERS are being urged to plan ahead this New Year's Eve.

Advanced care paramedic Stephen Turner said the Queensland Ambulance Service had additional paramedics on tonight.

"New Year's Eve has always been a fun night and we want to make sure it stays that way for everyone,” he said.

It is vital for everyone to plan ahead, especially those planning to drink.

"If you are going to drink, make sure you have a plan B,” Mr Turner said.

"Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle, catch public transport where possible, have a designated driver or catch a taxi and keep an eye on your mates.”

Paramedics do not want to see any patients due to a lack of planning on New Year's Eve.

Mr Turner said people should refrain from using any drugs as part of their festivities.

"You do not know what's in these substances and more often than not the ingredients are poisonous,” he said.

QAS wishes everyone a safe and happy night.

"As we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019, let's start off the new year in the best possible way and get home safe,” Mr Turner said.

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