Staying Safe on New Year’s EvePosted: 31st of December 2014 by
Tonight will see people up and down the length of the country celebrating the New Year. While some will decide to stay home in the warm, others will be heading out to party with friends and family in their homes, and others will opt for a night on the town. Cities like London and Edinburgh are well-known for their New Years’ Eve celebrations, while other places will also offer their own events to help bring in 2015. However, with the celebratory atmosphere there needs to come a few words of advice to make sure that you start the New Year safely.
Before you even set out it is worth making sure you are prepared, and that means staying warm if you are going to be outside. If you are at an outdoor event you may find that you are waiting around, perhaps for fireworks to start, so make sure you wrap up warm before you head out.
With all of the people that are likely to be out, especially in crowded areas, New Year’s Eve is also an opportunity for criminals. Make sure you pay attention to your belongings, especially if you are in a crowd, where pick-pockets may be operating.
Look after your friends and get them to look after you to make sure you all have a fun and safe night out, wherever you go. This is especially important if you are drinking – don’t leave your friends behind, and make sure that you all arrange how you are going to get home at the end of the night.
Of course, there is a chance that you may get split up. Don’t rely on your mobile phones to stay in contact, especially around midnight, when networks become blocked with people sending messages to each other. Instead, organise a place where you can meet up if you get lost.
If you are using public transport to get around be aware that it will get busy on New Years’ Eve. Taxis may be hard to find at certain points in the evening, while those of you traveling to busy areas like Trafalgar Square in London should also be aware that the closest tube stations will become incredibly busy, and may want to consider getting off a stop or two earlier and walking.
Road closures may be operating in some areas, so be sure to check, and of course, don’t be tempted to drink and drive – even if you feel that you are OK. In fact, it might be best to leave the car at home.
More generally, you might want to keep an eye on how much you drink regardless, so that you are not left vulnerable while you are out.
Many places require tickets to get in on New Years’ Eve – including pubs that are usually freely open to the public. Make sure you check to see if you need a ticket for any venue you plan on going to. Even if you have a ticket, New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year, so be prepared to queue to get in.
Finally, it is always worth keeping some back-up cash on you just in case you need to find your way home. Aim to return with the money rather than being tempted to spend it while you are out – it is there for emergencies, and should only be used as a last resort.
Overall, stay alert, look after each other and make sure you all have a great night – oh, and Happy New Year!
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