Whether it’s a concert, festival, sporting event, or another type of event, a large number of people grouped together can easily become a target for criminals or be affected by natural disasters or other emergencies. When attending a large event, keep these points in mind:
- As with any public place, be aware of your surroundings. Pickpockets and other minor criminals often target distracted people because they are an easy target.
- Make sure you know the general layout of the location, whether it’s outdoors or indoors. Make note of exits and alternative ways out in case of an emergency.
- Also, make note of first aid locations or other medical stations.
- Have at least a general plan on where you will go if there’s an emergency. Be sure to arrange a meeting spot with others in your group in case you are separated.
- Keep an eye on the crowd around you. An increase in activity or numbers can signal a problem.
- Be sure your cell phone is completely charged before leaving home or your vehicle.
While the majority of large events occur with no threats or problems, being prepared is always a good idea. Unfortunately, preparation may not be enough to prevent an injury at a large event caused by the negligence of the vendor or property owner. Inadequate inspection and upkeep of the venue site for known hazards, such as poor lighting, blocked paths or malfunctioning elevators or escalators can cause trip and fall injuries. If you have been injured at an event due to unsafe conditions, contact Tammy Bowles Raines for a free consultation.