If you're like us, you've attended a sporting event, concert or festival. While these events can be a blast, it's important to prioritize your safety and do a little emergency planning ahead of time.
From staying hydrated to being aware of your surroundings, there are steps you can take to ensure that you have a memorable experience, in a good way.
Morris, one of our Ambassadors, shares some great advice for staying safe when you're at one of these large events in one of his Mojo Minutes:
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind before you head to your next music festival or football game:
Chances are if you are attending a concert or festival, you’re there with your friends, family, or significant other. Staying together is key when attending a concert or festival.
It’s also easy to get separated, particularly if there are a lot of people. If this happens, it's important to have a plan in place in advance so that you can find each other as soon as possible.
It is also important to have a plan in the event of an emergency situation. Decide what you will do in the event something goes wrong, where you will evacuate, and where you will meet up outside of the event venue. And with that said…
The first thing you should do when you arrive at a concert or festival is take a moment to look around and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. This is part of practicing good situational awareness, which is the single most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe.
If you're going to be spending a lot of time at a concert or festival, it's important to think strategically about where you'll be spending most of that time. Always look for a place that you can easily escape from if needed.
This goes for everyone, but particularly women. Did you know that date rape accounts for nearly 80% of all sexual assaults on women? And most of these assaults are the result of alcohol or “date rape drug” consumption.
GHB and Ketamine are the most common “date rape drugs.” Both are colorless and tasteless and are easy to slip into someone’s drink without them knowing.
If you start to feel weird or sick, seek help immediately. Some of the most common symptoms of “date-rape” drugs include:
When you're in a tight crowd at a concert or festival, it's important to be aware of your surroundings.
In addition to the above tips, it is important to know what to do when things get out of hand. Large crowds increase the chances of this. If things do start going in the wrong direction, make sure to stay calm.
Keep your arms in front of you to create space and always protect your head and torso. This is one reason why it is so important to know where your exit points are.
When you’re out having fun, no one wants to think about the “what ifs”. However, it’s important. There is a general misconception that personal protection equipment, such as bulletproof vests, are for law enforcement and first responders only. That’s not the case anymore.
With technological advancements, there are a lot of options available to the everyday person, both men and women. Bulletproof vests have slimmed down and there are a variety of bulletproof inserts to fit most backpacks and bags these days.
Going to a concert or festival can be an exciting and memorable experience, but it is still important to ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to stay safe. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to enjoy yourself while feeling secure in the knowledge that you are taking all the right steps towards staying safe.
Check out our complete safety guide to learn more tips for other everyday locations!
Written by Emily Johnson
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