At this time of year it’s well known that most of us will be celebrating the festive season but it's not the only time to vigilant. Whether it’s a works Christmas party or student bash to a night out with friends. There’s lots to think about and your personal safety probably isn’t top of the list.
Whether it's your parent, friend or partner, someone is always concerned about your safety and welfare on a night out and they're pleased to learn when you're back safely. To help you enjoy your night out, especially during festive periods, here's some safety tips for Staying Safe on a Night Out.
- Plan your night out, let someone know where you are going and when you will be home.
- Carry a charged mobile phone and put a trusted taxi number in your contacts.
- Never accept a drink from someone you don't know or don't trust.
- Keep your drink with you at all times, if it looks or tastes suspicious don't drink it. It only takes a brief moment for someone to spike a drink.
- Watch out for your friends & make sure they get home safely.
- Don't walk alone after dark - plan ahead.
- Avoid taking short cuts, keep to well-lit main streets.
- Never accept lifts from strangers or unregistered taxis.
- Drink responsibly; binge drinking makes you more vulnerable.
- Think: Keys, money, phone, plans to get home?
- Plan in advance how you’re going to get home safely
- Stick with your friends and look out for each other
- Arrange a safe meeting place in case you get separate
- Stash some cash in case you lose your purse
- Know your limits and always stay in control
- Store an ICE (in case of emergency) number in your phone
Courtesy of Cumbria Police Safety Tips.
Think before you drink too much!
This video really does illustrate the problem. Drink-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol is unfortunately an all too common occurrence across our towns and cities. This time of year many thousands of people throughout the UK enjoy drinking alcohol responsibly. The alcohol industry creates employment and contributes to the social and economic environment of our communities.
However, irresponsible use of alcohol by a minority can cause harm to individuals, families and communities leading to crime and anti-social behaviour. Don't be a victim, drink responsibly, be aware of your surroundings and drinking hot spots.
More Useful Personal Safety Links
NUS, information and advice from the student union: www.nus.org.uk
Cumbria Police Advice Centre: https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Advice-Centre/
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