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 free.
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.
- 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.
- 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 parking location.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 separated.
- 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.
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.
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