Be safe

2010-06-18 10:28

It’s just over a week into the much-anticipated 2010

Fifa World Cup and the excitement is palpable. But getting drunk out of your

skull or freezing on the stands will spoil some of the fun.

Here are a few tips

to ensure that you have the best time when venturing out to the fanparks or

stadiums.

For

the family

  • If

    you have toddlers or young children who run around ­erratically, get a pair of

    reins so that you can keep your hand on them at all times. They are easily

    available at baby shops for about R80.

  • Write your telephone number on a piece of paper

    and tuck it into your toddler’s pocket so that if you do become separated, the

    person who finds your child can call you.

  • If

    you are attending a match with older children or friends, agree on a central

    meeting point in case you get separated.

  • Put cash into separate pockets and write down

    important ­numbers on a piece of paper. Put the paper in your pocket in case you

    lose your phone.

  • As

    the cold bites, remember to wear layers of clothes to the ­stadiums and take a

    couple of fleece blankets with you to wrap around children.


For the

adults

The Association for

Responsible Alcohol Use has some handy hints for those who like their

­tipple.

Be ahead

of the game

Always eat before

drinking ­alcohol and try to eat while ­drinking. Choose foods that are high in

fats and carbohydrates, such as burgers and chips.

Take

time out

  • If

    you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water

    before, ­during and after drinking alcohol.

  • Pace yourself by skipping a drink and having a

    non-alcoholic drink between the alcoholic ones.


Avoid

the red card

  • Driving is out of the question. The physical

    and emotional ­trauma caused by drunk drivers is preventable. Luckily, there is

    ­park-and-ride transportation to and from the stadiums and 24-hour taxi

    services available.


Do

not be caught offside

  • Don’t supply drinks to anyone underage. The

    South African legal drinking age is 18.

  • Avoid lifts from strangers, ­especially when

    you’re drunk.

  • Make sure you know who pours your drinks.

  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

Play it

safe and return home a winner

  • When planning to watch the game at a stadium or

    with a group of friends at a pub, agree upfront who will be the ­designated

    driver.

  • A

    sensible option is to club ­together with your buddies to hire a car or minibus

    with a ­driver rather than pay bail money for a night of fun.

  • If

    you are hosting a party to watch the games at your house, don’t allow any of

    your guests to drive home. Rather let them sleep it off on the couch or get

    ­someone else to drive them home.

Good Fellas, a

company that drives you home in your own car is available in Johannesburg,

­Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. Call the national

call centre on 0861?433?552 to book in advance.

Another reliable

national taxi service is SA Cabs (whose cars ­resemble the London taxis). They

can be reached on 08611 SACAB (08611 72222).

 


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