July 26, 2023
In a perfect world, no one should have to worry about their safety at a concert or sporting event…
Judging by the temperature outside this week — summer is in full swing! Talk about serious humidity. Thankfully, summertime brings more than just sweat to the table. It is full of sunny days and long warm nights which provide opportunities to enjoy festivals, amusement parks, concerts and fairgrounds. While these events can create fun long-lasting memories, chances are you will find yourself in a large crowd of people along the way. It is more important than ever to tune up our crowd awareness.
Mass gatherings can quickly turn dangerous and potentially harmful. We do not want you to hesitate to make those life-long memories, so here are steps you can take to stay safe in a crowd.
Do your homework
Before attending an event, research basic information such as expected attendance, event duration and when you should plan to arrive and leave – you get the gist. With this information, build a game plan for your family and friends.
Take notice of your surroundings
When it comes to crowd awareness, “awareness” is the key word. When you arrive identify where you can get emergency medical services. Make sure you locate emergency exits. If you are with a group, set a rally point to meet up in case one of you is separated from the group.
Be aware of unusual behaviors and unattended objects – remember, if you see something, say something. Report any suspicious activity or items to event security or law enforcement.
Dress appropriately and comfortably
I get it is hot girl summer, and you need to make sure your outfit is social-media ready, but sometimes practicality needs to win. Wedges are cute but can increase your risk of tripping and falling. Wear close-toed shoes to protect your feet from getting stepped on, being cut by broken glass or a bad sprain. Avoid wearing long or flowy clothing and jewelry that can be yanked or tangled and cause injuries.
Stick to the edge of the crowd
It is easiest to walk around large crowds rather than pushing through them — so try to stick to an edge if possible. If you are caught in a stampede or crowd crush, protect your head, and stay on your feet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you do not resist the force of the crowd but instead, stand like a boxer, keeping your hands in front of your chest and face, slowly making your way diagonally across toward the edge of the crowd.
Charge your cellphone before you leave
This may seem obvious, but make sure your phone has juice before your event! A dead phone will make it much more difficult to find your group if you get lost or call 911 for emergency services.
Stay safe and make memories
In a perfect world, no one should have to worry about their safety at a concert or sporting event — we are there for an amazing experience. While we hope your summer is free of crow stampedes and emergencies, remember — it is better to be prepared. Use these tips to stay prepared and stay safe this summer and make memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime.