Monday, December 1, 2014

Alcohol Safety

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when consuming alcohol.

  • Limit the number of drinks consumed and eat a good meal before drinking and while you drink.

  • Drink with friends. But don't try to keep up with them. Look out for your friends and ask them to look out for you.

  • Limit money spent on alcohol

  • Pour your own drinks, and drink something without alcohol in it between alcoholic drinks. It will help you to stay hydrated.

  • Use self-protective strategies

  • If you are with a friend and they are drunk, don't leave them with someone that you or they don't know.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.

  • Have a plan for getting home safely. Designate a driver that has not consumed alcohol.

  • Don't Drink and Drive ! you never know it might be your family member in that next car.

  • Let people know where you will be and how to contact you.

  • Remember that drinking affects your judgment.

If someone you are with drinks a lot and seems confused or falls asleep, they may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. Know the signs and what to do:

If they pass out or appear to fall asleep, pinch their skin to see if they react or wake up; check for cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin; count breaths to see if they breathe less than 8 times in a minute (slow breathing); check to see if breaths are more than 10 seconds apart (irregular breathing); watch to see if they vomit without waking up; watch for seizures.

Binge drinking can cause a seizure, even in people who do not have epilepsy; never leave them alone; never put them to bed to “sleep it off”; put them in the recovery position so they don’t choke on their own vomit.

If someone you know or don't know has the symptoms of alcohol poisoning please get them help right away and call 911

Steps to take if your child becomes a runaway or has been abducted

The following is from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

When your child becomes a runaway the following are steps that you should immediately start.
  • Remain calm
  • Check with your childs friends, neighbors,relatives,or anyone else who they might know.
  • Call or visit the places that your child frequently visits.
  • Report the runaway to your local law enforcement.
  • Call your local runaway hotline or contact the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800621-4000 they may be able to give you more assistance and advice.
  • Keep track of everyone that you have talked to.
  • Make sure that law enforcement enters your childs name and description into the National Crime Information Center's Databases. This will be accessable to other law enforcements agencies accross the country. You can also contact the nearest FBI field office for help.
  • If it has been a day or two start making posters or fliers. Place them in store windows, truck stops, youth-oriented businesses, hospitals, law-enforcement agencies and local spots that your child may frequent.
Recheck with your child's friends, school, neighbors, and if they are employed, their employer.
If you have reason to believe your child has been abducted do not disturb or remove any of your child's items before law enforcement arrives. Key clues could be disturbed or destroyed. DO NOT DELAY IN CONTACTING LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU NEED TO EXPLAIN ALL OF THE FACTS LEADING TO THE BELIEF THAT YOUR CHILD IS AN ABDUCTION VICTIM,
  • Provide a recent photo of your child.
  • There is no wating period for reporting a child missing to law encorcement or for entry into the National Crime Information Center Database.

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