Mr. Burch understands that prom is one of the highlights of the high school experience. Whether you're going solo or with a date or group, trying new or different activities, or staying out late, being responsible is key for a safe and healthy prom night.
Let's take a look at a few tips for enjoying a healthy and safe prom.
- Get in shape slowly and wisely. Eat healthy and be active.
- Protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV rays. Avoid indoor and outdoor tanning, and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Test all cosmetics and hair dyes before using them. Follow the directions and read any cautions and warnings on labels carefully.
- Be stylish and safe by wearing comfortable shoes and attire to prevent injury.
- Watch your budget. Have fun without spending a lot of money and causing unneeded stress. (Mr. Burch can help with this one!)
- Don't drink and drive. Keep an eye on your date/driver to make sure they do not drink any alcohol.
- Alcohol slows reaction time and impairs vision, clear thinking, judgment, and coordination.
- There are more drunk drivers on the roads during the weekend. Keep a close eye on oncoming drivers, as impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights.
- Know where you are going before prom night and have directions to those places.
- After your red light turns green, wait a second before pulling into the intersection, just to be safe.
- Drive on well lit roads, and carry a phone if possible.
- Keep the radio volume turned low enough so your driver can concentrate on getting you to and from the fun.
Getting Down to the Fun
- Make sure an adult will be home throughout the party and that no alcohol or other drugs will be permitted.
- Parents need to stay visible during the party.
- Contact the adults to verify the occasion and the time of the party.
- Have the address and phone number of the party.
- Arrange transportation beforehand. Assure your teen that you or a specified neighbor or friend can be called if a ride home is needed.
- Agree on times before the party starts.
- Be awake when your teen gets home. It is not only a sure way of checking the time, it also gives your teen a chance to talk about the party.
These are just a few safety tips and suggestions to make sure your most memorable night is memorable for the right reason. Have fun and stay safe!