Whilst we don’t want to dampen the mood, as security guards, we know how important it is that festival goers know how to stay safe. According to 2016 figures, one in every 500 hundred festival visitors will fall victim to crime and around £270,000 was reported stolen from revellers last year.
To help you and your friends stay safe, here are our festival security and safety tips.
Find a well-lit area and camp in a group. If possible, choose an area near the zone manager’s site or close to a fire tower. Make friends with those camping around you, and ask them to keep an eye on your tent. If you discover a stranger in your tent, do not try to tackle them. They may be armed, so it’s much better to call for assistance.
All major festivals will have medical staff on-hand to help if something goes wrong. When you arrive at the festival, make sure you find out where medical staff are stationed. This way, you won’t waste time looking for help in an emergency – which can be much more difficult at night and if you’re drunk or otherwise intoxicated.
It’s so easy to get separated from your friends at festivals. Because mobile phone reception is often poor and your friends may not hear their phone over the music, it’s a good idea to pick a meeting place. With your meeting place chosen, it will be easy to find any friends that have gone missing.
Do you really need to take your iPod, laptop, tablet and expensive jewellery to have a good time? Probably not. Since you can only carry so much, you’ll likely have to leave some of your valuables in your tent – which puts them at risk of being stolen. At night, carry all cash and cards on your person. Make a note of your bank’s emergency number so you can call them if you lose your cards.
If you come across someone who looks like they need help, don’t just walk by. Ask them if they’re okay, help them out of the crowd if they need you to, offer them water and talk to them. If you think someone needs medical help, escort them to the medical tent or bring the medics to them.
Even though your festival may feel like it has its own dominion, the law applies in just the same way at festivals as it does on the high-street. So, when it comes to dangerous or illegal activities, if you wouldn’t do it normally, don’t do it at a festival.
Sun Safety and Sunburn
At a music festival, you may spend several hours in the sun. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or cap, regularly applying at least factor 15 sun cream and using an after-sun lotion will help a lot. If you do get burnt, cool the skin by dabbing it with cold water, don’t expose damaged skin to the sun until it has healed, drink plenty of fluids and apply after-sun to the burn.
Dry mouth, lips and eyes; clammy hands and feet; headaches; light-headedness; and concentrated, dark urine. These are all symptoms of dehydration. If you’re dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids, replace minerals with an isotonic drink and eat a salty snack to replace salts.
Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body can’t control its temperature due to overheating. People with heat exhaustion suffer headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness, cramps, tiredness and a high temperature. If you believe you may have heat exhaustion, move to a cool area and drink plenty of fluids, remove excess clothing and sponge or shower yourself with lukewarm water.
Heat exhaustion can turn into heatstroke. A much more serious condition, heatstroke can make a person confused, experience hallucinations, go unconscious and have palpitations and flushes. If you suspect heatstroke, contact medical professionals immediately.
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