By thinking ahead and having a plan, you or a group of friends, can increase your safety when you are out having fun. Taking some general safety precautions can help achieve this.
- Plan where you are going and how you will get home.
- Tell someone where you are going.
- Stay with friend but decide on a place to meet at the end of the night in case you get separated.
- Carry the mobile phone numbers of your trusted friends.
- Encourage one person in the group to be the designated driver for the evening.
- Leave the car at home if you plan to drink alcohol, that way you won’t be tempted to drive home.
Look after yourself and your friends
Going out with trusted friends and looking out for each other is a good way of staying safe:
- Let your friends know if you are leaving.
- If you see a friend leaving with someone unknown, check that they are okay. Remember that it could be risky to go home alone or with someone you have just met.
- If possible, use a supervised taxi rank and travel together to split the cost.
- Walk in a group and keep to main streets and well-lit areas.
- Stay with a person who feels unwell and get them to a safe place.
- Always keep enough money with you to get home safely.
- Respect people’s decisions not to drink and do not encourage risky drinking behaviours. Drinking in rounds, drinking competitions, or games can encourage people to drink more alcohol than is safe.
- If a friend has had too much to drink, encourage them to stop drinking alcohol and switch to non-alcohol alternatives.
- If the person is unconscious or vomiting, seek immediate medical assistance by calling an ambulance on '000'.