It’s almost that time of the school year again: Homecoming season. While everyone is getting ready to turn up at concerts and parties galore, it seems as though every year there are safety and security issues at several homecomings nationwide. Students are so caught up in the excitement of homecoming, that sometimes they forget proper safety tactics. Well don’t worry: Live Civil is here to keep you on track.
Here are the top homecoming safety rules to keep in mind that guarantees you still have a great time, while also being safe. Read through our list below and make this year’s Homecoming the best, and safest one yet!
1. Practice the “Buddy System”
Yes, you might be in college and grown, but you’re never too old to practice the “buddy system”. Be sure to travel in groups of at least 3-5 when going out at night. Whether you’re just going to the bathroom or at a city-wide music event, keep someone close to you at all times. It’s also a good idea to have a designated meeting place just in case someone gets lost within the night.
2. Keep a Charged Phone
When you’re out having fun, odds are you’ll be all over Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. Unfortunately all that battery use adds up and next thing you know, you’re phone’s dead. So what do you do when there’s a real emergency? Don’t put yourself in that situation. If staying up with everything on social media is an absolute must, pick up a portable charger from your nearest electronic store. If that’s too much, carry your USB cord with you and charge it in the car on your way out.
3. Know Your Limit
Being 21 has its perks and legally drinking alcohol is a plus for many. But don’t push it. Saying, “No” to a drink once you’ve had enough doesn’t make you a party pooper. It makes you mature. Of course no one can control what you do, so make sure there is a designated driver in your buddy system posse. Another alternative is taking advantage of all the convenient car services cities have to offer. It’s all up to you. However, don’t you want to be able to remember all the fun you had?
4. Watch Your Drinks
Now we know we touched on the liquor lesson in the previous tip, but another lesson is to keep your eyes on your drink. It doesn’t take anything for someone to slip who knows what in there. Only accept cups from the bartender, take it everywhere you go, and only drink you’re own. It’s easy to mix up drinks with other people at a club/party, so the only way to avoid the drama: Watch. Your. Drink.
5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
This speaks for itself. Let’s face it. There are a lot of crazy people out there. Some of them are even crazier after a drink or two. Always make sure to know where you’re going, where you are, and how you’re getting back home. Hold on to you belongings and make sure you know who’s in your presence. You might feel silly checking over your shoulder a couple times, but it’s all worth making sure you lay your pretty head on your pillow, safe and sound.
6. Call for Help
Don’t be afraid to call for help when you need it. Suppose you followed all five of the previous steps, but things still went south. It’s never a bad idea to reach out to someone for a helping hand. Calling 9-1-1 is never something to be embarrassed of. They’re there to help you. Or call a friend nearby. Also if visiting a school you’re not familiar with, it’s a good idea to know the university’s non-emergency number for minor situations.
Those are your Live Civil homecoming tips, ladies and gentlemen. Go out and enjoy 2015 Homecoming with style and safety.