Even in times of recession, people of all ages are still spending money to go see their favorite performers. Although concerts are meant to be a source of fun and entertainment, because of the large number of people and often confined space, there is an inherent risk of injury at any live music event.
The majority of these accidents and injuries happen when people become dehydrated, claustrophobic, or overheated, especially at festivals and outdoor concerts during the summer. And even though some of these cases are caused by an individual’s own action, the hosts of these events have certain responsibilities like providing water, bathrooms, safe premises, and some sort of crowd control.
How to Stay Safe at a Concert
The next time you go see your favorite band or solo artist, you should take proper precautions to ensure your safety. Bring water if the venue lets you, or bring money to buy food and drinks to stay hydrated. You should also dress appropriately, including wearing shirts, shoes, and anything else you will need to stay comfortable. The acronym FIST was created to help individuals remember safety tips for concerts. FIST stands for:
- Force – Be aware of the amount of pressure and physical force that a crowd can exert
- Information – Be familiar with the venue, including restrooms, medical tents, and exits, as well as emergency exits
- Space – Be aware of how many people a venue can hold, and do not go to a venue that is overcrowded
- Time – There can be stampeding at entrances and exits, so be sure to arrive early and leave either early or late
Never put yourself in a situation you are not comfortable with, and if you are beginning to feel claustrophobic, head toward the exits.
Unfortunately, even the most responsible concert-goers can be injured due to the negligence and recklessness or other attendees or venue owners. If you have been injured at a concert and feel another party was responsible, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer