There are few things better than the feeling you get when you're having the time of your life with friends old and new while listening and dancing to the tunes you love. When it comes to partying, it's all about having fun but extensive partying isn't without its risks. And the health of our Disco dancers is of utmost importance to us.
So before you gather with your friends to celebrate amongst the lights and music, here are 10 tips to make sure you Celebrate Safe during the righteous festivities...
Using alcohol or other drugs is never without risk.
Everyone wants to enjoy themselves but be kind to yourself and your body. If you choose to use drugs and/or alcohol, do so wisely and consciously. Be aware of how much you consume and pay attention to how you feel. The best parties are the ones where everything is just right. The most rewarding experiences we share are, at the core, about music; about being part of a community and spending time with each other. You don't need drugs or alcohol to have those experiences.
Using drugs and drinking alcohol are never without risk. Mixing drugs and alcohol, chronic use, or use in high volumes over short periods of time increases your risk of life-threatening problems.
Risks derive from the amount you consume, where you consume it, what sort of substances you consume and your body's unique reaction to what's in it. We all have that friend who gets tipsy after 1 beer or the other one that seems stone cold sober after 10. So pay attention, be present and listen to your personal rhythm. You don't have to "keep up".
For more information about bring safe and responsible should you choose to use drugs please see these resources:
I love my ears.
A party without music isn't a party at all. But becoming deaf or having a buzzing or ringing in your ears that will never disappear is a lousy souvenir from a great event. Be gentle to your ears. Wear earplugs at all times. These are available at all events.
Also -- of course we all want to feel the bass and gnash out our very best Bass Face but standing right in front of the speakers is never a good idea. Even with earplugs. Take a few steps back. We promise you'll still be able to feel it!
Please visit our partners at ACS for more resources about protecting your hearing:
Think for yourself, care about others.
Your enjoyment and safety are top priorities for us and they should be for you and your crew too. Please take care of yourself, watch out for each other, and know that help is all around you. If you see someone who needs medical attention, rehydration, or just a helping hand, keep the positive vibe alive and be a friend to a friend in need.
Don't leave your friends alone, especially if you know you or your friend(s) have consumed any substances. Stick together; there is safety in numbers. We recommend agreeing upon a meeting point as soon as you arrive in case you lose each other.
Made the decision to take drugs or drink alcohol? That's your choice and yours alone. Do not try to convince others to join and do not let someone convince you to use drugs or alcohol if you don't want to. Be yourself and follow your instincts.
Pace yourself: eat, sleep, party.
While dancing you probably want the party to last forever. We'd like that too but unfortunately you're not a robot. No matter how badly you want to party non-stop it's just not healthy or possible. Take some time to recharge and make sure to get enough sleep. After sleeping you will be ready for the next party! And... Do not forget to treat yourself to a good breakfast.
Don't get dehydrated. Dancing the day away will quickly sap your body of vital fluids! If you're thirsty, drink water, but know that water alone won't be enough to fuel your body and replenish the electrolytes you lose when you dance. Drinking too much water without replenishing electrolytes can be dangerous. It's best to drink a combination of coconut water, sports drinks and water throughout the day. This will keep your body well-nourished and in prime condition to dance into the night!
Don't push your limits. Be responsible.
Take care of yourself because you're very important -- everybody is somebody's baby. Plan ahead and think about what you want to do. What time you want to go home? How are you planning to get home? Talk about your thoughts and plans including plans to use drugs, with friends.
Keep in mind that "less is more" when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Better to have one less than one too many. You might feel sick and your party will be totally ruined. Not to mention that going too hard, will mean you'll also ruin the party of the friends you're with. Celebrate, live, dance, be wild, but within your own limits.
Be prepared for any type of weather.
Weather can change rapidly. Always check the weather forecast before you go to an outdoor festival and be prepared for anything. Because day and night temperatures can vary drastically it's best is to dress in layers. We recommend that you avoid synthetic fabrics and other garments that don't breathe and can cause you to overheat. Also, don't forget your sun block!
If you're camping at a multiple-day festival remember that it can be very cold at night.
Drinking alcohol and taking drugs may limit you ability to assess how cold you are. Make sure to take warm clothes with you including socks and a sweater. Bundle up at night if temperatures drop! If you wear enough clothing before you hit the sleeping bag you can avoid waking up freezing in the middle of the night.
Take your time to chill.
For sure you want to party and dance endlessly. However, your body needs to cool as well. Cooling or chilling; it's already in the name. Taking a break from dancing is the best thing you can do to prevent overheating. Especially if the area is hot and humid, your body won't be able to lose its own moisture and warmth anymore so you might get overheated.
Thus, take your time to make a round and chill. Go to a cooler area regularly, for instance to the designated Chill-Out. If you're at an open-air event: go to a shaded place where you can recharge and cool down. Do not keep on dancing if you're not feeling well -- search for a quiet place out of the crowd or ask the Medical team for advise.
Chill once in a while and you will be able to party longer!
Always have safe and respectful sex.
We all know that along with dancing and partying comes flirting. It's one of our favorite things about a good party and we hope you meet somebody special at one of our events. Just remember, when alcohol or drugs impair your perception and judgment, what looks great isn't always so pretty in the morning. Make smart choices; be wary of taking strangers back to your home, hotel room or tent. Always make sure a friend knows whom you're with and where you are. Always, always use condoms. Imagine having an amazing event experience only to find out you've come away with an STD or even an unwanted pregnancy. Lame. Carry condoms with you.
Remember that "no" means "no". If somebody says "no" or responds to your advances with anything but a resounding "YES!" do not continue to pursue a sexual encounter with that person. Additionally, if somebody is too drunk or high to give their affirmative consent, they're too drunk or high to have sex with. Having sex with somebody who cannot consent is rape.
Set your our own boundaries and make them clear to the one you're with. Do not be persuaded or intimidated: someone who really likes you will respect your wishes.
More resources for about safe and respectful sex may be found here:
The Medical Team is your friend.
Medical aid stations are marked with a red cross and are all over the event site. They are staffed with emergency medical professionals, and they have water and sports drinks with electrolytes if you need them. You are very much welcome at the medical aid area for any health issues, from aspirin and bandaids to drug related issues.
Always keep in mind: if you require first aid, tell the medical personnel everything because it may save your life.
If you take drugs make sure to tell your friends what you've taken and how much, so they can tell someone if you are not able to anymore.
Never leave anyone alone who's feeling sick. Ask for help and stay with your friend or fellow music lover until medical help arrives.
If you're not able to find the first aid or you're unable to get there, you can always ask security or a crew member to call first aid for you. Additionally, Peer Safety Ambassadors can be found all around the site. You can recognize them by looking for the Celebrate Safe logo on their shirts. They have water and electrolytes, and are looking out for you and your crew. Say hi, smile back, and ask them for help if you need it.
If you suspect that somebody is ailing from a medical issue or the use of drugs or alcohol, seek immediate medical attention. Keep an eye out for these signs and symptoms in yourself and others; if you or a friend experience even just one sign seek medical help immediately!
- Blurred Vision
- Inability to talk
- Racing Heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
- Discolored lips or nail-beds
- Shallow breathing
Don't drink or take drugs and drive.
Every day 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. Every year over 10,000 people are killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. The risk of a traffic accident is higher for young people under the age of 25 and highest for people who drink or take drugs.
The use of alcohol and drugs often results in overestimating driving skills. In your impaired state you are a direct danger for both yourself and other people. Do not drive if you are in this condition. You can kill yourself, your friends or somebody else's most beloved human. Don't do it.
Exhaustion is another danger to drivers. A risk that is often underestimated. There is only one cure for exhaustion - sleeping. Energy or other stimulating drinks are not enough to get you in driving shape again.
Schedule your trip home in advance. Take care of your own drive home. Never join a driver who is not sober. Take care of a (sober) driver, take a taxi, schedule someone to pick you up or sleep in a hotel. Whenever possible: use public transport.
If you do go by car, appoint a designated driver well in advance, encourage and respect their designated sober status on site and do not distract the driver from driving no matter how funny you think you are!
Look into more tips to keep the celebrations safe and healthy at CelebrateSafe.com.