NETG has been a little under the weather, which explains the lack of posts. So, in reference to getting sick, and being careful to stay in good health when visiting your favorite casino.
So, here’s a re-post from years past. A few things have changed, especially in terms of smoking. More non-smoking casino areas, and complete casinos continue to be seen. In New England, Plainridge Park is 100% non smoking and TwinRiver has dedicated their second floor to complete non-smoking gaming.
So, I hope this helps while I’m trying to get healthy.
First of all, Let’s talk first about Non – Smoking etiquette.
To the non-smokers in the audience – smoking and gambling, as well as drinking, have been part of the history of gambling for hundreds of years. (Quick Book Plug – “Roll the Bones” reviewed March, ’13) If you sit down next to a smoker, in a smoking area, don’t complain! They were there first. And especially let it go if they are using an ashtray and trying to be considerate.
Now, Smoker’s etiquette
To the smokers in the audience – times have changed! We are aware of the health risks of second hand smoke. It’s reality. Smoking is a big issue of concern when it comes to playing slot machines and is always subject to the casino etiquette and policies.
Please follow signage requesting non smoking areas and tables. There are casinos that allow smoking in specific areas while other casinos totally prohibit smoking at the slot machines.
If you are smoking while playing slots, blow the cigarette smoke away from other slot players. Your smoking might annoy other people. (You think!), never mind be a health hazard. And if you sit down next to a non-smoker, remember they were there first. Be considerate how you smoke, even though smoking is permitted in that area.
Be considerate of the wait staff, and especially staff behind the cashier cages. NEVER smoke while cashing in or taking out money. The people behind the cage might as well be working at a toll booth.
When you exhale, do not do so in the face of other players, dealer, or casino staff. When you are done with your cigarette please fully put it out, not letting it emit smoke from the ash tray. I respect your right to smoke, even at my table, but the respect should be reciprocal.
Sudden injuries & long term health concerns can happen anywhere. A casino is no exception. I refer to emergencies in our day that can occur at any casino. Consider this:
Remember, people in a casino rush around, bring their kids, and basically don’t look where they are going.
- Be aware of things and especially people around you such as vacuum cords, unleveled carpet, audio visual equipment, parking bumpers, poorly lighted parking garages, poorly lit stairs, etc.
- Beware of non-rug surfaces – the combination of free drinks, wait staff, and unaware humans causes spills. Many accidents happen concerning high polished marble, mopping without warning, melting ice, slippery stairs, defectively designed stairs, and escalators.
- Many kids are hurt every year when their parents don’t watch their kids or leave them unattended. Please don’t put your kids in harm’s way where they don’t belong.
- Assault & Battery attacks are typical in any highly populated places – especially at night. Be careful in parking garages and remember, anytime you win big, the casino will always be happy to escort to your car.
- If you or someone you are with have health issues, find out where first aid services are. contact your host if you have any information or questions. If you don’t have a host, just ask a security guard or floor manager.
Finally – believe it or not – WASH YOUR HANDS!!! as much as possible. Take Purell, or hand sprays that will help clean your hand of the tables and machines others with tons of germs have touched before you. You will help protect yourself and others. Think of the following which you have seen so often – coughing, sneezing, tapping and wiping machine glass, then, you come along. So, WASH YOUR HANDS – OFTEN!