Staying Safe on a Night Out
With the UK nearing the end of lockdown, having a night out will soon be available again; here’s everything you need to know to stay safe.
Before you leave
Most nights out can start with a few drinks before you head out, whether that’s at home or with your friends. There are a few important things to remember before leaving.
- Ensure your phone is sufficiently charged; you’ll need it stay in touch and if you’re in an emergency.
- If you don’t already have one, create a group chat with everyone included to stay in touch during the night.
- Plan your night out as much as possible, if something goes wrong, it’ll help everyone know where everyone is.
- Make sure to store your valuables in a place you won’t lose them.
- Be wary about how much alcohol you drink before you leave – consuming too much can affect your decision making placing you at risk.
Getting to and from your night out can prove challenging for several reasons, here’s everything you need to remember to stay safe when doing so. Make sure all your journeys are planned out before you leave and let your friends know what time you plan on returning home.
- If you’re travelling via taxi, try and travel with at least one friend. Use trusted firms and if you’ve booked beforehand, check it’s your taxi upon arrival.
- Furthermore, before entering the vehicle, ask the driver what name is on the booking rather than giving your name first. If possible, take note of the car’s registration and finally, always check, if travelling in a group, that the last person makes it home safe.
- If you’re getting a bus or walking home, again, let someone know and try not to be alone. Walk in well-lit areas where possible and always try to avoid using earphones – it’s important to be aware of your surroundings.
When you’re out
Whether you’re at a club, bar or even just your local pub, while of course everyone wants to enjoy themselves, there’s a few things to keep in mind to ensure you do so safely.
- Stick together and stay connected. There is always more safety in numbers.
- Never leave your drink unattended, if you didn’t see it being poured don’t drink it, even if you’re approached by someone offering you a drink – the same rule applies.
- Drink water between alcohol orders, this will help you keep control in the decisions you make, helping to keeping you safe.
- No means no. Never be pressured into doing anything you don’t want to do.
- Avoid confrontation. If you witness any aggressive behaviour, it’s always best to report it to security and not get directly involved yourself.