Public urged to look after themselves during Black Eye Friday

Tips for staying safe on one of the busiest nights of the year

Christmas revellers are being reminded to look after themselves as the North East Ambulance Service prepares for Black Eye Friday.

Black Eye Friday is one of the busiest nights of the year, being the last Friday before Christmas. This year it falls on Friday, 19 December.

We want everyone to enjoy the festivities, but in order to prevent yourself from needing our services this Black Eye Friday, we are asking revellers to please be sensible.

  1. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather to try and keep warm
  2. Pace yourself - remember it's not a race! Try and drink water or a soft drink in between alcohol drinks to stay hydrated
  3. Eating isn't cheating! Food helps slow the absorption of alcohol, stopping it from going to your head too quickly
  4. Never leave your drink unattended or with strangers
  5. Take care of yourself and each other. Single females should stay in grounds to make sure they are safe. Pre-book a taxi and keep cash back so you can pay for it. Make sure you and your friends text each other when you get home so you know you're all back safely
  6. Remember to ONLY ring 999 in a life-threatening emergency. We are not a taxi service. For every inappropriate call we receive, there's someone genuinely ill waiting.

A NEAS spokesperson added: "Our crews are dedicated to providing a high quality service and will help as many people as we can. All we ask is that the public be respectful of our staff."

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