Whether it’s a holiday gathering, a music festival or a trip to the ballpark, enjoying an event with thousands of other people can be exciting. Unfortunately, however, large crowds can also be a threat to your personal safety.
Alcohol, stress and, in today’s world, bad intentions, can lead to injuries of individuals or large groups and you should be aware of some of the things you can do to prevent them. After all, events should be spent having fun with friends and family, not having to deal with unforeseen circumstances. Follow these tips, and you will be a lot safer in large crowds.
Before the Event
Being prepared is the best way to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Before attending an event, do a little research.
You should know exactly where and for how long the event will last. If you’ve scored a couple of Los Angeles Dodgers tickets, then you should know what time to arrive at the park and specific directions on how to get there. This way, you can avoid driving through unsafe neighborhoods or avoid heavy traffic at certain times of the day.
You should also know about prohibited items, such as glass bottles or outside food that may get confiscated before you enter. This will help you move through lines and get to your seats quickly.
During the Event
Once you’ve gotten to your seats, investigate your surroundings. Take note of emergency exits, find the bathrooms and notice if there are any first-aid stations near you.
You should make sure that all of your valuables — phones, wallets, purses — are secure. Also, if you are with others, plan a meeting spot if you should get separated: cell phones aren’t always reliable in large crowds, as towers can get overwhelmed pretty quickly.
If you should see an individual or group of people beginning to act unruly or suspicious, you should not take matters into your own hands, Rather, you should find the nearest security official and report what you’ve seen. This will help you avoid the unnecessary risk of a confrontation. If something unforeseen does happen to you or a companion, seek medical attention immediately: even small injuries can worsen if not treated properly.
After the Event
Once an event is over, many people are in a rush to leave to avoid traffic or waiting in long lines to exit the venue. This can cause people to become impatient and lead to confrontations. If you do not want to leave early, then be prepared for this and do your part to make it easier by remaining calm and polite.
This is also the most common time when groups become separated. Again, have a designated meeting place outside the venue that everyone can find each other at. Large buildings and well-lit parks are easy to spot and are generally safe.
Don’t let safety concerns ruin a good time out with friends and family. Take a few precautions and enjoy the show!
Karl Coleman works for a security firm and is often drafted in for big events around the country. A keen traveller in his spare time who also enjoys writing, Karl can be found around the web sharing his thoughts.