It’s Festival Season in Portland: Practice Crowd Safety With These Tips
Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Jun 20, 2022 in Personal Injury
The tragic fatalities at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival sparked concern for crowd safety at festivals and large-scale concerts. Many people attending concerts question how to keep themselves safe in highly crowded spaces and with the possibility of a surge or stampede. While most concerts and events have crowd control, Astroworld showed many people that there is still a possibility that someone’s negligence can result in life-threatening situations.
When crowds push and pull, you may find yourself encountering dangers. As the festival season continues and events allow high volumes of people in one setting, you may need to take action to protect yourself.
7 Ways to Stay Safe at a Crowded Festival or Concert
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Festivals and concerts are exciting events that allow you to enjoy your favorite music with others who also have similar interests. However, when overcrowded areas threaten your health and safety, you may need to act fast to keep yourself from suffering injuries. Consider the following ways to stay safe in a crowded concert:
Prepare in Advance
Before you even get into the concert area, make sure you are fully hydrated and have access to drinking water and other essential items throughout your time. Applying sunscreen, packing earplugs, and wearing the correct shoes can make a huge difference when it comes to crowd safety.
Keep Essential Items in Front Pockets
If you’re in a crowded area, you may find it difficult to reach into a backpack or back pocket. If you have a waist pack or a front pocket, it’s best to keep your essential items where you can easily access them. For example, having your phone in your front pocket allows you to grab it if you need emergency assistance.
Stick With Your Group
Getting separated from your group may lead to dangerous situations, especially if the area is extremely crowded. When you’re with your group, you can rely on them to provide safety and security. If you lose your phone in the crowd, a party member may be able to use theirs in an emergency.
Observe Your Surroundings
Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and exits. If the crowd becomes too much to handle, you’ll want to know where your closest exit is at all times. You will also want to pay attention to those around you, and if you spot a rowdy pit forming, you may want to move away from that area.
Concerts and festivals tend to exert a lot of energy. Dancing and enjoying music in the heat will cause you to sweat. Staying hydrated is essential. Using a CamelBak or equipping yourself with a water bottle will help you stay hydrated.
Don’t Search for Fallen Objects
If something drops on the floor in a crowded area, you don’t want to drop below and search for it. You risk getting kicked or trampled by lowering yourself to the ground. No matter how vulnerable the object is, your life is more important.
If you fall to the ground or are shoved below the crowd, protect your head and place yourself in a fetal position. If you can, try and get back up as soon as possible.
Speak With an Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer
Those holding an event are responsible to those attending and should take safety precautions. If you suffer injuries at a festival or concert due to the event’s negligence and disregard for your safety, speak with an experienced Rizk Law lawyer. Our team will do everything in our power to recover the compensation you deserve.
With years of experience protecting clients across Oregon, Attorney Richard Rizk will use his extensive knowledge and resources to represent you in your legal claim. Call (503) 245-5677 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.