StreatBeat’s back with useful advice on how to keep safe during the blisteringly cold winter months.
Well, long gone are the days of walking around in crop tops and shorts… Hail hoodies and jeans, paired with a hat and scarf! Now that it’s getting colder, it also means getting darker – and damn, it’s getting dark early. So, in this week’s StreetBeat, we are look at ways you can keep safe during these dark few months – and no, unfortunately this does not include just staying in bed binge watching Christmas films!
Tip One: Know Your Routes
Especially at night, everything can look a little bit more sinister, especially when it’s a little bit darker and colder. Make sure you know where you are going, be it to university, to a friend’s house or the nearest supermarket. Don’t take unnecessary risks by thinking “Oh, that alley is a shortcut… I’ll just cut through there”.
Take a look at our guide to #LitRoutes here.
Tip Two: Let someone know where you are going and when you get there
This is one thing we may not always think about. But, if you are in a scenario where you are out at night and you suddenly don’t recognise where you are and your phone is about to die, a panic can set in. Just let someone – be it a housemate, friend or family – know where you are going, because that way, if the worst comes to worse, they can come and get you.
Tip Three: Dress Warm
Shoutout to the parents out there who never let you leave the house without a coat (thanks, Mum!) Canterbury is a cold city, and walking home in the cold, wet and snow is the last thing you want to do in a t-shirt and jeans.
Tip Four: Stock Up
You guys remember the beautiful snow we had at the beginning of the year and the end of last year. But, what happens if it snows too much and you can’t get out of your own front door. Now, I’m not too bad – ASDA is basically 30 seconds away. But, what if the path to the nearest food supplier is simply too dangerous to get to? Always have the essentials in the house: bread, milk, butter, tea/coffee, hot chocolate, frozen things. Foods that will keep you going until you can get out the front door again!
Tip Five: Always have cash
It’s easy just to carry your card in the age of contactless payment but taxi companies haven’t quite caught up – always carry cash on you, especially on a night out. The last thing you need is to lose your friends at the end of the night and face a long trek home alone at 4am. There are always taxis out Club Chemistry – make sure you look for the taxi ID number and plate to make sure it is legitimate – which are happy to get you home. Longley’s is the main student taxi company – download their app or give them a ring, on 01227 710777, and they will be on their way within minutes!
Tip Six: Be Kind
Winter is one of the hardest seasons. For students, in the build up to Christmas and going home to see family – for some, for the first time in months. Everyone may be getting a little on edge and stressed because every deadline has snuck up and is suddenly around the corner. So, look after your friends. If someone looks a little low, ask them if they are okay. Pop the kettle on and have a conversation. It’s okay not to be okay; it’s not okay to ask for help when you need it. Alternatively, if you are unable to speak to someone and are in need of help, the Samaritans are always up for a chat 24/7, 365 days a year, it’s free and their job to help you out. You can call them on their freephone at 116 123.