There 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. Here's how:
- Make sure you know where the exits are.
- Consider leaving if the crowd seems to be getting out of control.
- Don't 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 you're caught in a moving crowd, walk sideways or diagonally across it to work your way out.
- 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.
- 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 it's more difficult to remove from your pocket.
- Choose a purse with zipper, button, or clasp closures, and a strap that hangs across your body.
- 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 child's pocket in case you're separated.
- Keep your phone charged and on. Program it to vibrate as well as ring.