Are You Ready For Outdoor Concerts?
So, the big festival, rock concert, or another great outdoor event is
coming up. You and maybe your family are excited to go. Maybe it's even
It's that time of year and, with endless fine days sprawling ahead, what's
not to enjoy about Southern California's regular summer of celebrations?
Well, hang on for just one minute. If you want to be sure of your fun in
the sun, it'll pay you handsomely to plan ahead, especially if you're
taking the kids, and to stick to a number of important safety routines.
Here's our list of 15 outside concerts safety tips.
1. If you have to buy tickets, do so as far in advance as possible. That
ensures you won’t get price-gouged later on. And don’t assume you can "pay
at the door" -- check first. Take a printed copy of your ticket in case you
have problems with your phone.
2. If you're traveling by car, allow extra time. Get there early if you
can, to secure a good parking spot. Make a note or take a photo of your
3. Get hydrated -- and stay that way. Dehydration is the most common
medical emergency at concerts. Take a couple of bottles of water per
person. If the venue doesn’t allow you to bring in bottles, buy some as
early as possible, before the crowds arrive; if you wait till you need it,
that may be too late. Rehydrate again when you get home.
4. Stay nourished -- that means having a light meal before you go and
avoiding fried food on concession stands. If you're allowed to take your
own food, do so, and make it fruit and nutrition bars.
5. Stay sober. Just don't overdo the alcohol thing. It can dehydrate you or
cause other behavioral problems. And if there's an emergency, you'll be
badly placed to deal with it.
6. Once in the venue look out for key reference points that should include:
· A meeting point that you or any family member can go to if you get
· The location of restrooms. You may not want to be positioned right
outside but you want to be near enough to get there fairly quickly.
· The location of barriers and security personnel. If you get near a
barrier, you can easily hop over it if there's a crowd surge. And if you're
near a security person, you'll be close to help if needed.
· The location of the medical tent or cabin.
· The location of speakers so you don’t deafen yourself (see #9 below).
· Your security exposure. Look around and think how safe you would be in
the event of a security incident. Could a vehicle jump the curb or crash a
barrier nearby? Then move away. Try to be as security aware as you can.
7. Protect your skin. Concerts are not sunbathing opportunities -- because
you may not be able to control how long you're exposed for. So, cover up
with light, protective clothing and wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Look
after your feet too, with comfortable, protective shoes. Sandals may look
cool but not from the perspective of your crushed toes. Packing some
ant-bacterial wipes or gel will also help protect you, especially if you
have to use temporary restrooms.
8. Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses that can filter out both UVA and UVB
rays. On the other hand, if you wear regular glasses and can go without
them or wear contacts, do so. Broken glasses are one of the big casualties
of lively outdoor concerts.
9. Protect your ears. Most music concerts rock out at between 95 decibels
(dB) to 112 dB. That's like standing 300 yards away from a jet taking off.
Noise at this level for more than a couple of hours can cause permanent
hearing damage. Use ear protection (especially for little ones) if this is
going to be a noisy event. For around $20, you can buy hi-fi ear plugs that
reduce the sound level without affecting its quality. The kids may protest
but this is one of those times when you have to put your foot down!
10. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion (dizziness, nausea, headache,
clammy skin, heavy sweating) and heat stroke (confusion, delirium, hot but
dry skin, even convulsions). Heat stroke can be fatal. Seek immediate
11. Keep in touch. Take a fully charged cell phone with you (but concealed
from would-be thieves). If you have teens, make sure they have a phone,
especially if you're not going to the concert, and arrange to make regular
contact. Put a data plan on their phones so they're not dependent on Wi-Fi.
It's a good idea for you and your kids to carry a small, printed identity
card with relevant contact info.
12. Know how to behave if there's a security alert. The most important
action is not to panic. Take three deep breaths, holding each for a few
seconds, to keep calm. Try to identify the source of the alert and seek
13. Watch out for pickpockets. You may need to carry cash because a lot of
concert venues don’t accept cards -- so leave your wallet at home and store
your cash somewhere safe on your body. Did you know your homeowners insurance or
renters insurance can protect you against theft? Contact us if you'd like
to know more.
14. Don't rush to leave. As impatient as you may be to hit the road, there
are security and personal safety risks from joining in the crush as soon as
the concert ends. If time is that important to you, leave before the end.
Otherwise, wait 10 or 15 minutes before making your move.
15. If you detect trouble nearby, try to move away. If it looks like BIG
We don't want to spoil the fun for you and your family, and you don’t need
to tell everyone you're playing it safe by learning and following these
outside concerts safety tips. But you'll feel a whole lot better about
security for you and your family.
Just make sure you don’t spark a panic when you try out your Mom or Dad
Dance moves! Aldrich Taylor Insurance is your trusted insurance agency, serving all of Southern California.