25 Ways to Stay Safer in Large Crowds

25 Ways to Stay Safer in Large Crowds

A large crowd

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:

Prevent injury

  • 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.

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 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.

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 child's pocket in case you're separated.
  • Keep your phone charged and on. Program it to vibrate as well as ring.