6 ways to stay rave safe
Being knee deep in the rave every week increases the odds of encountering difficult or dangerous situations. Our health and safety can be compromised in many ways when we’re out getting on it.
When you’re wasted your judgement can be impaired, which can also impact your personal safety. With that in mind, it’s imperative that you learn to be vigilant and be mindful to keep yourself, and your crew safe…
You never know what’s going to happen on a night, or weekend, out. Planning and preparing can be hugely beneficial to staying safe - bring a charger for your phone, secure your valuables, plot a route home and start booking an Uber as you’re leaving the club to try and avoid waiting on the street outside.
GET YOUR SUBSTANCES TESTED
Whether you’re getting bits in from your regular dealer, or it’s someone new, it’s worth investing in a testing kit, because you never know what they might contain. Reasonably priced kits can be found online, hit up @pillreportofficial who are doing great work in this area.
CHECK ONLINE FOR ALERTS
Drug testing and harm reduction leaders @theloop_uk use their Instagram and Twitter accounts to share news of dodgy batches, so keep an eye on their timeline.
SECURITY ARE NOT THE ENEMY
Security guards get a bad rap as “fun police” and a lot of ravers think they’re just there to try and bust you. But their main job is to keep you safe and they should be your first port of call if you feel threatened or see someone acting dodgy or letchy.
TAKE NOTE OF SAFE SPACES
If you’re feeling anxious, pay attention to where the security team, or staff/managerial offices and any on-site medical professionals are positioned. In an emergency, it’s critical that you know where to get immediate support.
ASK FOR ANGELA
This nationwide initiative uses Angela as a code word for anyone who has experienced sexual harrassment or intimidation. Staff in participating clubs and bars across the UK are aware of the initiative, so all it takes is to “ask for Angela'' at the bar to get immediate help.
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