Five Important Concert Safety Tips
Five Tips for Safety at Concert Venues
By Deb Powers
As festival season cranks up, it’s important to plan ahead for safety. While major catastrophes at music festivals and events make headlines, little everyday hazards can also get in the way of enjoying the music, the sun and the crowd. These important concert safety tips can help you stay safe, healthy and out of harm’s way at venues of any size.
Watch Your Wardrobe
Of course you want to rock your best look, but you also need to be mindful of the environment you’ll be in. For example, protect your feet in crowded spaces by leaving the flip-flops and spike heels at home. Opt for shoes that are comfortable, cover your feet and won’t fall off if you have to run, says Ginger Locke, host of the Medic Mindset podcast—and don’t forget that you’re likely to be on your feet for hours, so comfort is key. Likewise, pick clothes that aren’t likely to get in your way or give people something to grab onto. If you have to move fast—say, in the unlikely event of an evacuation—the last thing you want is to trip over your shoes or a billowy dress.
Hang On to Your Phone
Make sure your phone is fully charged before you head out to the festival. It can literally be your lifeline in an emergency. Keep it on you in a deep or zippered pocket instead of stashing it in your backpack or purse so it’s easier to access. Not only can it help you contact friends, family or emergency aid if you need it, it can help you locate your friends if you get separated.
Lost your phone? Cube Tracker can help you locate it—or anything else you might misplace in the commotion and excitement. Just press the button on your Cube to ring your phone and hunt it down.
Make a Backup Plan
Use the buddy system to avoid getting separated from friends. Stick together for bathroom and concession stand trips and always take another person with you. In case you do get separated from your friends, have a backup plan to find each other in case there’s an emergency. Designate a gathering spot or set check-in times so you can locate each other if you need something. And here’s a Cube Tracker pro tip: Tag each other. Attaching a Cube to a belt loop or buttonhole can make it easier to find each other in an emergency.
Stay Hydrated, Fed and Shaded
It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re out in the open sun for hours, so drink lots of juice and water. According to ParaDocs Worldwide, the average adult needs two to four 8-ounce cups of water to stay hydrated.
Healthy snacks are also important. If you can, pack nuts, fruit and other snacks that will help keep your energy up over the course of several hours. And don’t forget the sunscreen and loose cover-ups. Heat exhaustion and sunburn are major buzzkills.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Once you get in and find your spot, take a few minutes to get situated mentally. Look around and figure out how to get to the nearest exits if you have to move fast (bonus points for planning more than one way out). Locate the nearest first aid station or medic tent and figure out the easiest way to get there. Once things get going, keep your ears tuned for any announcements coming over the PA system; those are usually reserved for important announcements, so stop what you’re doing and listen. Also, stay aware of the people around you. Keep your drinks in your hand—preferably in a closed bottle or cup.
The key to staying safe and having fun through festival season is being aware and planning ahead. Following these concert safety tips can put your mind at ease so you can relax and enjoy the music and the company.
Deb Powers is a freelance writer and social media consultant who has been writing about media and technology since the iPhone was just a glimmer in Steve Jobs’ imagination. She’s an early adopter and loves tech gadgets that actually make life easier.