If you plan to partake in the festivities tonight by hosting a party or visiting your local Irish pub, be sure to not rely solely on luck. Here are some St. Patrick’s Day safety tips to help you celebrate this rambunctious holiday.
Organize a safe plan home
Before you head out to celebrate, make a plan to arrive home safely. Whether it’s taking public transit, hitching a ride in an Uber or having a friend be a committed designated driver; have a solid transportation plan ready. Leave your car keys at home, so you won’t be tempted to go behind the wheel. Driving while intoxicated is a serious offence. You put yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road at risk. Driving while impaired can significantly impact your car insurance rates, and cause legal, financial and personal costs. If you are going to a place within walking distance, be sure to walk home cautiously with a friend or group.
If you are planning to drink alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to drink plenty of water too. A good strategy is to alternate between having an alcoholic beverage and a glass of water. Drinking water will help to prevent dehydration and can reduce the chances of waking up the next morning with a horrible hangover.
Have a proper meal
Depending on what time you’ve started celebrating, make sure you have a proper meal before drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach can be hazardous. Ordering appetizers at the bar or having appetizers at your St. Patrick’s Day party can be helpful for slowing down the absorption of alcohol.
Strength in numbers
It’s fun to celebrate and catch up with pals, but be sure to look out for each other on St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure none of them will drive drunk. If you feel it’s necessary, take their keys for safekeeping and make sure all your friends have a safe way of getting home.
If you plan on attending any St. Patrick’s Day parades with your family, be aware of your surroundings. Stay put on the sidewalks and make sure no children run onto the streets. Before the parade, remind your children about talking to strangers and identify a meeting spot in case anyone in your group gets separated. Make sure your children know it’s okay to ask a police officer for help if they become lost.
Having a designated driver, drinking plenty of water, eating a proper meal and taking precautions in crowds can make your St. Patrick’s Day much safer. Don’t forget to wear green or you’ll get pinched!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!