Please act responsibly on 'Mad Friday'

Fri 19 Dec, 2014

Firefighters are urging Christmas revellers not to end up in trouble on what is likely to be the busiest party night of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas is often called Mad Friday or Black Eye Friday as so many office parties are scheduled for the date.

Karen Lock, from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “For many people it marks the start of the festive season as they are finishing work before the Christmas and New Year break. Traditionally there is a surge in the number of incidents involving binge drinking.

“There are a multitude of problems related to over-consumption of alcohol, with the potential for people putting themselves in immediate danger of risk from domestic fires, drink-driving, general accidents and increased anti-social behaviour, or of becoming victims of crime.

“With the safety, health and well-being of our communities in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes at heart, we are urging people to stay safe and think before they drink over this festive period.”

Karen is also urging people to consider signing up for Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’ initiative to see what a difference a month without alcohol can make. For more information, visit