Which team will you be shouting for in this years Rugby World Cup? Some of our Community Safety Team really enjoy watching their rugby. Andy Mills one of our Team says “we want everyone to enjoy themselves and have a great time whilst out having a few drinks, but think about how to get home before the night has finished and stay away from walking alongside water after a night out”.

Here are some tips to get you and your mates home safely:

  • Don’t walk home alongside water after a night out
  • Make sure your mates get home safely after a night out, don’et let them walk by water
  • Plan your journey home before you start your night out, book a cab inadvance
  • Paths beside water are not safe when you are drunk, find a better route home
  • If you do unexpectedly find yourself in water ‘float on your back’ until you get your breath back

What affect does alcohol have on the body?

  • Alcohol lowers in habitions, leading to impaired judgement which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble
  • Alcohol limits muscle ability making simple movements harder
  • Alcohol slows down your reactions making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
  • Alcohol numbs the senses particularly sight, sound and touch, making swimming very difficult

HM Coastguard and RNLI Community Safety sharing Don’t Drink and Drown safety messages with the Cinque Port Bar Manager 2018

If you do see someone who you think is in difficulty in the water or at the coast or on the River Thames dial ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard straight away, giving an accurate location, the number of people involved and what you can see (what is happening).  If you are at an inland location such as a river, lake, loch or canal ask for the Fire and Rescue Service.

Other useful links

Don’t Drink and Drown campaign

Discover more about how Community Safety Teams shared the Don’t Drink and Drown message

Acknowledgements

Royal Lifesaving Society

RNLI

HM Coastguard

NFCC


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.