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Spring Break Safety – share with your kids

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Spring Break. A time of year synonymous with fun, friends, and cutting loose. But before you head out, it’s important to be sure you’re safe and prepared for the week ahead. Let’s look at a few spring break safety tips as provided by springbreaksafety.orgtumblr_lm9491K8sQ1qg2xooo1_500, and make sure you not only have fun, but make it back safe and sound:
– If you’re hitting the road for spring break, take turns behind the wheel, and ensure everyone is well rested while driving
– If you’re sitting shotgun, it’s your job to make sure the driver is alert, aware, and awake
– Anyone behind the wheel should have a valid driver’s license, and valid insurance for wherever they may be driving
– Remember to take a map. Your phone may not always work in remote areas!
– Never leave valuables in your car or in plain sight
– For taxis, ask ahead for typical prices so you can be sure you’re not getting ripped off
– If you’re leaving your hotel for the day, take a card from the front desk so you can provide it to a taxi driver to get home later
– If you ever feel unsafe, you’re always within your rights to exit a taxi at any time
– Never get in a car with strangers, or with someone you believe may be intoxicated
– When checking in and out, be sure you say your room number quietly and with discretion
– Reserve rooms above the first floor, as they are harder to break into
– Make mental notes of where exits, stairs, and fire precautions are in the building
– Check all door and window locks upon arrival
– Do not place anything valuable on your balcony
– Be sure your door closes behind you
– Use your “do not disturb” sign to keep hotel staff out of your room
– If you’re using an ATM, make sure to go in groups
– When you approach an ATM, do a 360 degree scan, looking around you completely to be sure that no one is hanging out in the area
– As you enter your pin, use your free hand to cover the key pad to be sure no one is capturing what you type
– If you’re old enough to drink, be sure you’re being smart and responsible
– Know your limits, and when you should stop drinking. Be sure that you set up personal boundaries and stick to them, especially in areas you are new to, or unsure of
– If you do decide to drink, be sure you know the liquor laws of the area
– Always keep an eye on your drink and take it with you wherever you go. If you put it down, just order another
– Be aware of your surroundings, and those that may be acting suspicious around you while drinking
– Avoid binge drinking
– Pace yourself, and be sure to eat before drinking
– Be aware of how you’re feeling throughout the night, and stop when appropriate
– Stay hydrated at all times, and drink lots of water
– If you begin feeling light headed, move into the shade and replenish your fluids
– Wear sunscreen, even when swimming
– Know the flags and markings wherever you’re swimming, such as:
o Red – stay out of the water – strong undertow or rip current
o Yellow – use caution in water – some undertow or current possible
o Blue – calm water – swim safely
– Remember that you can’t always tell how deep water is, so don’t dive if you’re not sure
– Don’t believe the hype of the hookup culture. Sex is your choice, not anyone else’s.
– Know what consent is, and that silence never equals consent
– Talk about it, obtain consent, and don’t put yourself, or others, in an uncomfortable position
– Decide on your personal boundaries before heading out
– If you do choose to be intimate, be sure you are using all correct protection
– Don’t abuse drugs or alcohol while making decisions about whether to be intimate or not
International Travel
– If you’re leaving the country, you’ll need a passport, and in some circumstances, you may need a Visa too. Be sure to check all local requirements before departure
– Don’t pack flashy valuables or jewelry
– Do your homework and learn about the destination beforehand
– Take at least two debit and credit cards with you in case one is stolen, lost, or does not work internationally
– Have your ID on you at all times, as well as a backup form of identification
– Be aware of local scam artists
– Always inform others of your travel plans and check in times
– Keep cameras and cellphones hidden when not in use
– Stay on well-traveled streets
– Learn the customs, culture, and the equivalent to 911 in the area