Athens is abuzz as Halloween and block-party rapidly approach. As you make the final touches on your perfect costume and make last minute arrangements for out-of town guests, the possibility of being injured or contracting an illness is probably the last thing on your mind. However, with thousands of people converging in a relatively small area with health and safety risks will undoubtedly abound.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- If someone is in need of medical attention, please call 9-1-1.
- Avoid being a victim always walk with a partner and know how to defend yourself.
- It’s easy to get lost in the crowd, and not everyone has your best interest in mind.
- Do not trust anyone that you do not know well.
- When walking outside of the street party on Court St., please walk on sidewalks and not in the street.
- Carry identification with you at all times.
- Lock your door!
- Drive safely!
- Wash your hands! With so many people germs will be everywhere! Frequent hand washing with soap and hot water throughout the night will greatly reduce the potential of you becoming ill.
- Stay clean germs are easily spread by sharing drinks, smokes and kisses.
- If you are of legal age and choose to drink, do not drink to the point of being drunk, and do not leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from someone you do not know.
- If you’ve had any intoxicating substances, don’t drive at all! Getting to the party a few minutes sooner isn’t worth the risk of injuring yourself, a friend or anyone else not to mention the risk of getting a DUI.
- Given the crowds participating in the Halloween celebration, there will be many law enforcement, public safety, city officials, and university officials visible on campus and in town. Law enforcement officers will be in uniform or may be in street clothes; they will always carry identification. University officials will be wearing green jackets labeled “OHIO Staff.” City of Athens Safety Teams will be wearing white jackets labeled “City of Athens Safety Teams” or orange safety vests.
- If you need assistance of any kind, ask a law enforcement, public safety, city, or university official for help.
- It is illegal to drink or possess alcohol if you are under 21 years of age. It is illegal to have open containers of alcohol in your possession in any public place, including the sidewalks in front of houses or apartments. There is a glass free zone from Union St. to State St. It is illegal to furnish alcohol for persons under the age of 21. It is illegal to urinate publicly.
- If you or a friend is arrested, do not argue with officers at the scene. Do not become confrontational with an officer, run away, or resist arrest. You are not required to make any statements and you may not have to consent to a search of your person, belongings, or residence, unless required by law. If you interfere with the arrest of another, you are subject to arrest yourself.
- If your friend is arrested, be available to answer their call from an agreed upon phone number (i.e. home or cell phone). If you do not have a cell phone, have a local contact number as the police department does not regularly allow long distance calls.
- If you need to find out if your friend has been arrested and/or you need to leave them a message (i.e. where to meet) information and assistance will be available in the lobby of the Athens Police Department on College St. Send only one person to inquire.
If everyone keeps these simple tips in mind, block-party will be an event everyone remembers fondly.