25 Ways to Stay Safer in Crowds

25 Ways to Stay Safer in Crowds https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/family-1/25-ways-to-stay-safer-in-crowds/ bb3 Jul 18, 2013

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safercrowds.jpgThere may be safety in numbers, but attending busy sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings is not without risks. Protect yourself, your family and your money when in a packed crowd. Hereís how:

Prevent Injury

  • Make sure you know where the exits are.
  • Consider leaving if the crowd seems to be getting out of control.
  • Donít wear loose clothing or accessories that could become tangled or pulled.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and keep the laces tied to prevent tripping.
  • Avoid standing on or near structures that could collapse.
  • Walk around crowds rather than pushing through them.
  • Leave early or late to avoid the rush when the event is over.
  • If youíre caught in a moving crowd, walk sideways or diagonally across it to work your way out.

Avoid Illness

  • Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before and after eating or using the restroom.
  • Avoid sitting or standing near individuals who appear sick.

Deter Pickpockets

  • Try to carry only your identification, cash and one credit card.
  • Carry important items in your front pockets.
  • Wrap a rubber band around your wallet so itís more difficult to remove from your pocket.
  • Choose a purse with zipper, button or clasp closures, and a strap that hangs across your body.

Stick Together

  • Keep a diligent eye on your children.
  • Dress your group alike or in bright-colored, unique clothing.
  • Before leaving the house, take a photo of your child with a camera or phone. If you become separated, you will have an up-to-date photo of your child and what he or she is wearing to give to officials.
  • Pick a place to rendezvous with your group if you become separated.  
  • Remind younger children to avoid strangers, and help them identify police officers or officials to go to when lost.
  • Place your phone number in your childís pocket in case youíre separated.
  • Keep your phone charged and on. Program it to vibrate as well as ring.

For more ideas on keeping you and your family safe, browse our safety articles online.

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