With St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities approaching, it’s a good time to review crowd safety. After all, the luck of the Irish can only take you so far.
- Leave expensive items (jewelry, fancy cameras, etc.) at home.
- Place an identification card with the name and phone number of a parent inside your child/children’s socks in case they get lost or separated.
- Think only children get lost? Think again! Establish a group meeting place and time.
- Keep your wallet, car keys, and phone in your front pockets to avoid pickpocketing.
- Do not leave anything of value inside your vehicle – lock the items in your trunk.
While Enjoying the Day
- Stay in groups of two or more.
- If you choose to drink, be sure you see the bartender pouring your drink (and don’t leave the drink with strangers).
- Don’t let a stranger talk you (or anyone else in your group) into walking away with them.
- If your events use floats, be cautious – accidents have happened.
Time to Go Home
- Do not drink and drive. Have a designated driver, call a cab/Uber/Lyft, take public transportation, ride a bike, walk in groups, etc.
- If you see someone trying to drink and drive, stop the situation.
- Be on the lookout for drunk drivers – if you see someone driving like they are impaired, call 911 and report it.