Festivals are, of course, a lot of fun. There are few better ways of spending a few summer days than in a field with some good friends, enjoying some music and the general party atmosphere.
Today, there’s a festival for just about every taste and preference. From the head-banging heavy metal of Download to the fairground flavour of the Isle of Wight Festival, not forgetting the all-encompassing Glastonbury, festivals in the UK attract thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the UK.
Whilst these crowds are all part of what should be an unforgettable experience, they can also pose significant risks to health.
What can I do if I fall ill in a crowd at a festival?
The first steps to ensuring your safety at a festival should come before you even enter the large crowds. As the saying goes, prevention is the best cure. Following these basic safety principles will help make sure your festival is memorable for the right reasons:
- Stick with friends. This is easier said than done once the music starts, so establish a meeting point and time everyone knows to head to if you get split up.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated goes a long way to making sure you don’t fall ill in a crowd at a festival.
- Use sun protection.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged.
- Take some basic medical supplies, such as plasters and paracetamol tablets.
Of course, you can undergo all the careful preparation in the world and still fall ill in a crowd at a festival, so it’s important to plan what you would do if this happens.
The first step is to get out of the crowd and into some space. Make sure your friends know what’s happening and at least one will probably come with you. Fortunately, festival crowds tend to be a welcoming, friendly bunch and people are sure to move aside and give you a clear exit.
Once you’re out of the crowd, you should seek medical attention. Most festivals will have clearly marked medical tents so simply head for the nearest one.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you fall ill in a crowd at a festival or are injured at a festival because of negligence, you may be due compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are here around the clock to offer support and guidance so call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our friendly advisors will work on your behalf to gain the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice