11 Ways to Stay Safe in a Crowd
The advice here is not to avoid crowds. Rather, be sure to follow these tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy while you’re out living life to the fullest.
1. Keep Your Hands in Your Pockets
The formula for getting ill: germs get on hands, hands touch face, germs enter body, you are infected. Where there are crowds, there are germs – millions of them – on every surface. Don’t touch them and they won’t make you ill.
3. Bring Earplugs
Put a pair of earplugs in your handbag or pocket. If the event gets too loud, or you get stuck standing next to the speakers, use the earplugs.
4. Locate the Emergency Exits
It takes only seconds – and those seconds could turn out to be the most worthwhile ever. One study found that more than half of fatalities at concerts occurred when people were trying to get out of the building or concert setting.
6. Protect Yourself in a Stampede
In the rare event of a stampede, try to move sideways to the crowd until you get to a wall. Then press yourself against it until the crowd dissipates, or you find a better exit. It doesn’t happen often, but people do get trampled to death. If you’ve memorised the emergency exits, you’ll have a better chance of getting to one that the rest of the crowd may not have noticed.
7. Pack Your Own Lunch
Peanut butter or jam sandwiches and apples will keep for the whole day and will help to forestall your children’s pleas for junk food from the vendors at the event site. If you can’t avoid buying from food stalls, check out the vendor. Does the stall look clean? Are the cook’s hands clean? Is the vendor handling the food with gloves? Does he or she handle money, then touch the food? It’s hard to tell just by looking at it if food will make you ill, but you should definitely avoid undercooked (pink) meats and meat that is not hot when served. The last thing you need when you’re in a place that only has portable bathrooms is food poisoning.
9. Bring Water Bottles
Put water bottles in the freezer the night before. You’ll save money on overpriced bottled water at the event and, as the ice melts, you’ll have nice cold water on hand to stay hydrated.
10. Dress in Layers
The crowd is pressing in around you, you feel overly warm … and suddenly the ground comes up to meet you. Don’t let it happen. If you’ve dressed in layers, you can shed one of them if you get too hot. If you’re wearing only one layer to start with, you might just get arrested! Of course, layering your clothing works the other way too. If the temperature drops as the match goes into overtime, you’ll be prepared.