Student Notices

Carnival Safety Tips - Stay Safe in 2018!

Posted Friday, February 09, 2018

Be Safe during Carnival. Check out these tips below: 

Be Safe Before Fetes

  • Before you leave home, send a message to your loved ones letting them know where you are going, when you will return, what you are wearing, if you are driving yourself or using public transportation
  • Avoid travelling alone. If you use a maxi taxi or taxi, memorise the vehicle’s model, colour and vehicle number
  • Ensure that there is adequate credit on your mobile phone at all times
  • Keep your emergency contact numbers and those of your loved ones on speed dial

Be safe During Fetes

  • Attend fetes in a group as this increases the level of security
  • Keep cash to a minimum and avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Avoid taking drinks from strangers
  • When using the washrooms – go in groups
  • Avoid confrontation at all costs whether it is aout a parking space or a rude remark. Many persons are under the influence of alcohol and may be armed with weapons
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave
  • Always be alert to your surroundings

Be Safe while Drinking

  • If you are hosting a Carnival party with alcohol, serve food too
  • Make non-alcoholic drinks available to your guests
  • Do not force drinks on your guests
  • Stop serving alcohol an hour before the party ends. Have a sober zone
  • If you have guests who are drinking too much, ask to drive them home, call public transportation, take their keys, let them stay overnight, do not let them drive home!
  • If you are drinking, DO NOT DRIVE. Designate a non-drinking person as your designated driver

Be Safe in the Savannah

  • If you are with children, ensure that they carry an identification badge on them at all times
  • Do not cross through the Queen’s Park Savannah at any time, attacks may happen in quieter areas within the Savannah. Travel in groups.

Be Safe on Campus

If you are staying on campus during Carnival and see strange persons, please report them to UWI Estate Police or St. Joseph Police Station at the following numbers:  

  • 662-4123
  • 662-2002 ext. 83510/82120/83511/84424
  • St. Joseph Police Station at 662-2522 or 662-4038