Tips for Playing It Safe in a Crowd
We live in a crowded world. While the line at the grocery store or bank may seem crowded, these are nothing compared to mass gatherings at which thousands and tens of thousands of people appear, all in search of a common experience or sharing the same ideals. You can encounter a large crowd practically anywhere: on vacation, at retail stores in anticipation of sales events, at political or religious events, and at fairs or festivals. People crowd into bus stations and airports as travelers, into arenas and clubs as concertgoers, and into sporting arenas and on fields as fans. While there is safety in numbers, a greater number of people mean a greater chance of accidents and injuries. While there are a variety of different types of crowd-related injuries that can occur for a number of reasons, the primary concern for all of them is getting access to the help you need, when you need it the most.
Crowd Related Accidents and Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), crowds and mass gatherings pose unique health risks. The presence of so many people means a greater risk for the spread of infectious diseases, as well as for the risk of injuries, and a large number of people in attendance at an event stretches the resources of healthcare professionals and makes it harder for emergency medical providers to reach hurt or injured parties. The CDC states that health risks for a particular event are often tied to the climate, crowd density, and the age of the crowd, as well as the purpose of the gathering. Types of injuries that can occur as the result of large crowds and gathering include:
- Dehydration and heat exhaustion
- Trampling and slip and fall injuries
- Injuries related to drug or alcohol use
- Food poisoning
- Fire and burn injuries
- Acts of violence
In addition to the above, health emergencies that can happen anywhere, such as heart attacks, seizures, and asthma attacks, are more serious when they occur in a large crowd, due to problems with reporting the condition to authorities and getting care to the people who need it.
Staying Safe In A Crowd
When attending a mass gathering or other crowded event, follow these safety tips from the security firm U.S. Security Associates:
- Locate exits as soon as you arrive
- Take note of where security guards are stationed
- Avoid ATMs
- Stay aware of what is happening around you, and avoid overconsuming alcohol
- If you attend a seated event, try not to sit in the middle of an aisle where it will be harder to get out quickly
- If you hear an alarm or see some sign of an emergency, leave immediately. Do not wait to find out what kind of emergency is happening
- In the event of a fire, remember that heat rises. Crouch down to avoid smoke inhalation, and head to the nearest exit
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