Staying safe while having fun
The festive season is upon us and after this long hard year, we all can’t wait to unwind, refresh, and party it up. But, chomas, with all this freedom and fun comes an increased element of risk; the sad reality is that crime statistics go through the roof during the festive season, from car accidents, to robbery, assault, and rape, people go a little crazy this time of year.
Now, I’m not saying don’t have fun, this is definitely the time of year to go wild if you need it, but stay wise. The safety rules you’ve been given still apply.
Avoid peer pressure
Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing things or going places that you don’t want to. With all the mixers, parties and events going down, you might feel pressured into doing things you don’t normally do or acting irresponsibly. Stay true to your ideals.
Watch your drinks
Be vigilant over your drinks. The festive season is the party season and with so many new faces around town for the holidays and jam packed venues, you need to be extra careful. Try to always buy closed drinks and where possible, watch your drinks being prepared, also never leave your drinks unattended. Be wary of strangers lurking near your drinks or offering you free drinks. If you feel suspicious, always trust your gut; even non-alcoholic drinks can be spiked.
If you feel like you’re very drunk, dizzy and nauseous, and have had very little alcohol or none at all, your drink may have been spiked. Get to a safe place and get hold of someone you trust to take care of you and get you home. If you’re throwing up, you may need to get to the hospital as the drugs used to spike drinks can sometimes have bad reactions in your body.
Know where you’re going
Always let your parents know where you’ll be going to and make sure you can reach them if you need to. For that matter, always know where you’re going and that you can get there and back safely. Spur of the moment adventures may seem fun, until you get stranded in an unknown place without a lift home. Worst case scenario, your parents or family members can fetch you or send an Uber.
Stay close to your friends
While it’s a great time of year to meet new people, it’s a good idea to always go out in groups with people you trust. Having a squad is not just fun, it keeps you safe should anything go down.
Road accidents are the worst this time of year, make sure your designated driver is responsible and doesn’t drink and drive. It sounds clichéd but seriously, chomas, wear your seat belts and be responsible.
With all the drinking and partying, this time of year can also provide a lot of temptation. Be responsible and always, always, always, use condoms.
Now that you have the safety tips locked down, let’s get ready to party!
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