Fall Homecoming Safety Tips
For many, homecoming is part of the excitement of fall! Football games, tailgating, and parties are all homecoming staples. Through this busy, fun-filled season, make sure that you and those around you are staying safe. Here are some tips to help keep everyone safe this homecoming season.
Make a Plan
Before you head into the big football game, or tailgate, go in with a plan. Make sure everyone in your group is aware of the plan. Stick to the plan. Leave with the group you came with. Have a designated driver, or other safe mode of transportation to get home.
Never Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous. On nights like homecoming, there could be drunk drivers on the road, so it’s important to stay alert while behind the wheel. If something happens and you need a ride home, call a parent, or use a rideshare service. It is never a good idea to get behind the wheel, even after a drink or two.
Don’t Accept Drinks in Open Containers
If you are at a party, never accept drinks in open containers. There is a possibility a drink could be tampered with. Only take drinks that you have opened yourself, or the bartender has opened.
Never Leave Your Drink Unattended
Don’t take your eyes off of your drink. It is possible that someone may have done something to it while you were not looking. If you have to, leave your drink with a trusted friend. However, it is always better to hold your own drink. Also keep an eye out for your friend’s drinks while you are at a party, bar, or tailgate.
Know Your Limits and Say “No”
Peer pressure is something that can be present in social situations. It’s okay to say no if you feel uncomfortable. If you have kids who are attending a homecoming game or party, talk to them about what to do in these situations. It can be helpful to know they have parental support in uncomfortable moments.
Keep Your Phone Charged
Communication is important. If you, or someone you know, is out and about on homecoming, make sure you can keep in touch with them. You should also have any important numbers saved on your phone in the event of an emergency.
Use the Buddy System
Don’t go wandering off alone. Always have a friend with you. Don’t walk away with strangers or put yourself in unsafe situations. If you are a parent, you may want to use location services to keep an eye on your child’s whereabouts.
Use Common Sense
Using common sense is one of the best ways to keep out of trouble on homecoming. If a situation feels wrong, it probably is wrong. Always use your best judgment. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Have fun this Homecoming season. Get ready for some fun times watching football, and hanging out with friends. Enjoying this exciting time of year and stay safe out there!