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Celebrate the end of exams – safely

The exams are over … the pressure and stress done for the year. Yay. And now you’re wanting to party. But while it’s perfectly understandable to want to celebrate the end of your school year, you do need to remember to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

According to the experts at ADT, every year there are reports of deaths and injuries at end-of-exam parties caused by road accidents, excessive drinking, drug overdosing and other avoidable acts. Theft and vandalism is also too often an occurrence at these parties. So here they offer some easy tips for those of you heading to your Matric Rage …

Before leaving your accommodation for the day or night, ensure that anything valuable is locked away in a drawer or safe.

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Never carry large amounts of cash or go out wearing flashy or expensive jewellery.

If your accommodation is a holiday house or apartment, make sure all the doors are locked, the windows are properly shut and that the alarm is activated if a system is installed.

When out at different events and activities, be aware of your surroundings and arrange with your friends to keep an eye on each other and your belongings.

If you are approached by a suspicious individual; walk away and report it to the closest security or to the police.

Do not accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drinks unattended. Spiking of drinks is still rife.

When it is time to return to your accommodation:

Never leave without your friends.

Do not accept a lift from a stranger; rather use transport provided by the event organisers.

Driving after a few drinks is never an option. Call a cab or use event shuttles if they are available instead.

Consider appointing a designated driver or someone who agrees not to drink and will be responsible for getting everyone home safely.

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