This will keep you safe during a crowded event

This will keep you safe during a crowded event

“If you feel like there’s congestion – if you feel like your personal space is overcrowded, that’s a sign that maybe you should move to another area and not wait for things to get worse,” said Gil Fried, crowd management expert and professor at the University of California at the University of West Florida. For example, as fun as it is to watch a concert near the front of the stage, the back is likely to be less crowded and safer.

You want to keep your arms in front of your chest to create more space between you and the person in front, said Mr. Wertheimer. Stand like a boxer, one foot in front of the other, so you’re more stable and better able to take the pressure of people pressing against you, he advised. You should also keep your knees flexible so your body isn’t rigid and you can move.

Even if your phone falls to the ground, don’t bend down and grab it, Mr. Wertheimer said – you may not be able to get back up.

You want to conserve your oxygen, and yelling, even for help, is probably futile in a large crowd, Mr. Wertheimer said. And since the air in a crowd is hot and muggy, raise your head for more access to fresh air.

You want to stay on your feet, but if you fall, try to lie on your left side to protect your heart and lungs, Mr. Wertheimer said. If you’re lying on your stomach or back and people fall on you, you run the risk of compressing your chest, he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends working diagonally to the edge of the crowd when there is no movement. And don’t resist the force of the crowd, the agency advised.

While crowds are rare, a seemingly safe situation can quickly turn into an unsafe one. The best strategy is to go into an event with a worst-case plan, the experts said, and then remain aware of your surroundings.

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