Now that we are in the throes of festival season we thought it would be a good time to put out some tips on how to stay safe at Stendhal and any other festivals you might attend.
It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of fun at a festival, and so you should! But it’s easy to forget in this whirlwind that your safety is the most important thing.
At Stendhal we aim to ensure that everyone has as much fun as possible while also staying as safe and sound as possible.
If you stick to these little tips to stay safe at a festival it will ensure that your festival season this summer is super fun while also being safe. These may seem like common sense but it’s easy to forget basic safety points when you are so caught up in the buzz of a festival, so it’s good to have a little reminder.
Tip 1: Agree a meeting point with your friends or whoever you are attending the festival with.
This could be the entrance of the festival or some prominent feature of the festival that sticks out and is easy to see from far away, as well as being easy to find. If someone gets lost everyone should agree to meet at this place. (Make sure you are all on the same page and know exactly where the meeting point is and definitely have the same media point (as it can be easy for someone to get mixed up as to what is the meeting point if you discuss several meeting points.)
One way of ensuring this is walking to this meeting place at the start of the festival so you are definitely all on the same page as to the agreed meeting point and now you all know how to find it. Stendhal will have a designated meeting point at the festival. You can also speak to a member of the security team if you are lost or in need of help or assistance.
Tip 2: Watch your drinks. Even soft drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol. We have stringent security checks for drugs on entry but always be aware.
Tip 3: Don’t drink tooooo much. One way of drinking safely is to drink a glass of water between drinks. This will also mean your hangover the next day will be less deadly.
Tip 4: Keep an eye on your friends, especially the one who can’t handle their drink ;). As well as this, try to stick to a big group of friends as it is true what they say – there is safety in numbers.
Tip 5: Report anything suspicious to a member of security or to a member of the Stendhal team. Our priority at Stendhal is that everyone to be as safe and as happy as possible at this festival. If anyone is acting in any way that hurts or harms anyone else or causing trouble of any kind we will make sure this is dealt with so they won’t ruin the festival for everyone else.
Tip 6: Keep your mobile charged so you can communicate at all times. Now as we don’t have charging stations at the festival, the best way to do this is to put it on super power saving mode in between your snap chats, Instagram posts and selfies.
Tip 7: If you see a group or an individual becoming aggressive or overly boisterous move away before the trouble kicks off so you don’t get caught in the middle.
Tip 8: If you return to your tent to discover a stranger in it, think carefully before trying to tackle them – they could be armed. It would be far safer to stand back and call for help. If you have a personal safety alarm on you, set it off to attract attention of staff.
Tip 9: Leave your valuables at home if possible. If you do need to take anything valuable with you, make use of the locker facilities available at most festivals.
Tip 10: Avoid putting a padlock on your tent as thieves will assume this means there are valuables inside.
Tip 11: Your property and tent are far less likely to be stolen if they are marked with your name and postcode.
Tip 12: If you are a victim of crime, contact on site police or festival security immediately. Report any incident, even near misses, as soon as possible. You may save someone else.
For your comfort and health at a festival, some tips from the NHS:
At a music festival you can spend several hours in the sun, so protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is vital. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, regularly applying sun cream of at least factor 15 and using an after-sun lotion will ensure that your festival experience isn’t ruined by sunburn, dehydration or worse.
Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. Your skin overheats and becomes red and painful and may later peel or blister.
Cool the skin down by dabbing it with a cool, wet towel or tissue.
If the burn is really bad, use bottled water to cover the affected areas.
Don’t go back into the sun until the sunburn has healed.
Drink plenty of fluids in order to cool down and replace the water lost through sweating in the sun.
Apply calamine or after-sun lotion.
For adults, painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Dehydration occurs when the normal water content of your body is reduced. If you are thirsty, you’re already likely to be suffering from the effects of dehydration. The signs of dehydration include a dry mouth, lips and eyes, clammy hands and feet, headaches, lightheadedness, and concentrated, dark urine with a strong odour.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Isotonic drinks are good as they help replace lost minerals as well as sugar and water.
A sweet drink, such as cola, can be useful for replacing lost sugar, but lots of water is the best way to rehydrate.
A salty snack, such as a packet of crisps, can help replace lost salt.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body can’t control its temperature due to overheating. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness or cramps, tiredness and high temperature.
Move to a cool area and drink plenty of fluids,
Remove any excess clothing.
To cool your skin, shower or sponge yourself using lukewarm water.
If it’s not treated, heat exhaustion can develop into heatstroke, which can occur suddenly and with little warning. In addition to the symptoms of heat exhaustion, other signs of heatstroke include confusion, hallucinations, unconsciousness, palpitations, flushes, and hot and dry skin. The person needs to get their body temperature down as quickly as possible – give them water to drink and cover them with a damp towel or sheet.”
Contact first aiders at the festival, as the person with heatstroke may need to go to hospital where they can be given intravenous fluids through a drip and medication to lower their body temperature.