Prom is one of the highlights of high school. While planning and enjoying the big night, make smart decisions to help keep it safe, low-stress, and fun!
If you or someone you know is going to the prom, here are a few tips for a great experience.
1) Find a Safe Ride
You can avoid the pressure of getting in a vehicle with someone that’s been drinking or using drugs by scheduling an Uber, Lyft or cab ahead of time.
- Download the Uber/Lyft apps to your phone.
- Order an UberX of Lyft that you don’t have to share with strangers.
- Most importantly, talk to your parents about using these services!
- Save Minden Taxi’s Phone Number – (775) 265-7060 to your phone.
2) Address Peer Pressure
Some people feel pressured to drink, smoke, use drugs, or have sex on prom night. However, drinking is responsible for over 4,500 deaths among young people each year and is associated with other problems like sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Alcohol and drugs hurt your judgment and may result in you being harmed or harming others. Just because others do something doesn’t make it a good idea or right for you. It’s OK to say no. YOU DO YOU.
If you plan to go to an after-prom party, be sure it is adult-supervised. Be aware of your surroundings. And it’s always good to go with a “buddy”. Avoid using alcohol and drugs.
3) Follow Directions, Caution and Warning Labels on Products
If you’re changing hairstyles, hair color, and using new cosmetics or products, carefully follow all directions, cautions, and warnings on the label. Dyes and relaxers can hurt skin, hair, and eyes. Never dye eyebrows or eyelashes, as it might cause blindness. Always test a product in a small area of your body first. Allergies may happen the first time or after multiple uses. For some people, using cosmetics may cause itching, redness, rash, sneezing, or wheezing. Stop using the product if problems develop and remove all products before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation. If in doubt, let the professionals handle it. Okurrrrrr!
4) Say “Bye Felicia” to Uncomfortable Shoes
High heels may be in style, but they can increase your chances of falling if they’re too high or uncomfortable, or not something you usually wear. Prevent injury and wear appropriate shoes that won’t affect how you walk or dance.
If you insist on wearing those super cute heels to impress the squad, just remember to pack a pair of tennis shoes or emergency flats. Say “Bye Felicia” to uncomfortable shoes after your pictures to keep your dance moves on fleek.
5) Stress Less
Scheduling appointments in advance, going shopping early, and making dinner reservations are key to a stress-free prom night. However, the most important tip to remember is to HAVE FUN!
Make sure parents know where you are at all times in case of emergency. Call a parent, guardian, or someone you trust in case plans change or you need help.
For more Prom safety tips visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prom Health & Safety page.