Antigua carnival safety tips for 2014

Source: ask-cato.com

Source: ask-cato.com

Your personal safety and that of your home and other possessions, and of family is something that should always be uppermost in your mind, especially at times of increased fêteing.

To help you structure your thoughts about and actions to minimize safety threats, antiguaobserver.com has prepared this checklist:

  • Ensure that you secure your home before leaving. Do not leave keys under doormats
  • Ensure keys are secure on your person
  • Do not leave young children at home unsupervised
  • Do not let your children out of sight at crowded Carnival events
  • Wear minimal jewelry
  • Travel in groups to and from activities
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Avoid verbal confrontations, as they may lead to physical altercation
  • Do not carry around or display large sums of money
  • Conceal wallets and change purses
  • Prepare for attacks by learning proper self-defense tactics
  • Fight, run or scream if you’re attacked
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended
  • Do not allow alcohol or drugs to impair your judgment (limit how much you ingest)
  • Prearrange transportation and designate an alcohol-free driver
  • Make certain that emergency contact information is at hand and usable with little or no effort
  • Report any security concern to police or security personnel
  • Password-protect cellular phones
  • Park in a secure area
  • Ensure that your vehicle is properly secured
  • Do not overcrowd vehicles
  • Do not text and drive
  • Do not pick up strangers
  • Lock doors when your vehicle is in motion
  • Obey parking signs
  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition/engine running
  • Do not leave valuable items in your vehicle, but if you must, hide them
  • Be wary of persons loitering near traffic lights
  • Have your keys in hand when you approach your vehicle
  • Never drop your guard when returning home, especially at night and if you are alone
  • If you’re a passenger, have the driver wait until you are safely inside your home.

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