Staying Safe This Christmas and New Year’s Eve

17

DEC, 2017

Safety
Security
Event Mangement

Christmas Holidays and New Year’s Eve is once again upon us, a night to reflect back on the last 365 days and celebrate the coming year. As the clock runs down for 2017, many people will be drinking, dancing, and telling stories of days gone by while presenting goals for 2018. Whether celebrating at a house party with friends and family, or out at a city-sponsored event, taking a few precautions will ensure that everyone gets to and from their destinations safely.

Will you be in a Crowd?

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and how others are acting, and give a wide berth to those who seem out of control.
  • If someone appears intoxicated, keep them from driving and call them a cab to ensure they get home safely, and don’t let them leave with someone they do not know.
  • Major Towns and Cities across the UK will draw big crowds who will congregate and amass in squares and parks.
  • Many events will be properly organised and ticketed.

Ensure that you take care when out.

For example in London the Metropolitan Police will have over 5000 police on duty across the capital.

Police have warned party goers to avoid large swathes of central London on the night of Sunday 31st, unless they have a ticket to the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

More than 100,000 people will be watching the display along the River Thames and tickets have already sold out! A significant and effective security and Police operation will be in place for crowd safety.

Those without tickets will be denied entry to the display at safety barriers covering the view area from Westminster Bridge on the north embankment of the Thames between Westminster and Waterloo bridges and on the Southbank behind the London Eye. Unlike previous years there will not be large viewing screen at Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square.

Fireworks viewed over London Bridge light up the London skyline just after midnight on January 1, 2018 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London to herald the start of 2018.

Be prepared

Before you go to any concert or participate in a large gathering to celebrate this New year’s Eve, you need to know something about your surroundings and the people with whom you are going to spend some time. Study the exits of the areas as soon as you reach the venue of the gathering, and also orient yourself with the landmarks. If you can arrive at the spot before the majority of the crowd arrives. Moreover, keep an eye on the weather.

Stay away from suspicious, intoxicated or troublemaking people

If you have spotted someone who, according to you, is acting without regards to safety, then you may want to alert safety stewards at your event. Large crowds attract troublemakers, be it criminals or drunkards. You need to remain vigilant and be on the lookout of any untowardly sign. Keep your belongings with you at all times.

Don’t Panic!

In a crowded area, it is usually safer than it appears. Remember, a large gathering is never premeditative; it is impulsive and hard to control once it spins out of control. The best thing is to remain calm and patiently await your turn to enter or exit the area. Follow the directions of the safety stewards. They are there to ensure your safety.

Exit before the end of the event?

At the end of an event, there is often a rush to leave the area as soon as possible. You may consider leaving before the time becomes ripe for mishaps. However, if you end up staying late, it is wiser to wait at a safe area and let the crowd pass and only then egress the area.

Where ever you are planning to be, I hope everyone out this Christmas and New Year’s Eve stays safe and has a good time.

Steve Laws

Written By

Steve Laws

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