1. Do not try to get into the thick of it
As a rule, in an effort to look “what is happening there”, people themselves create a crush in which it is difficult to breathe and where no one will see anything except the front rows. In such a situation, it is still impossible to normally take photos, record video or sound – not to mention the fact that something to consider. If there is no seating at a mass event, either arrive early to be closer to the stage, or simply sit quietly in the crowd where you can stand and move freely.
2. Don’t bend over to pick up what has fallen
If you drop a glove, a camera cap, a keychain, or a child’s toy while people are moving, the best thing you can do is just follow the crowd’s movement. Do not try to stop abruptly and pick up a fallen item: you may be injured or accidentally knocked down.
3. Don’t start running after someone or against a crowd
If you see a friend or that someone is already rushing or running away, do not start moving after them. Spontaneous running in a calmly standing or slowly walking crowd (entrance to a stadium, exit from a concert, movement of rally participants) can provoke panic and is a favorite technique of those who decide to create riots.
4. Don’t fall for the call to “go ahead!” from an unidentified person in the crowd
Only a person from the stage from among the organizers can call on the participants of any organized event to do anything. And even then, think about the order, request or message that is being voiced to you. You are not a being without will, so even in euphoria, joy, irritation or tension, try to think about what you personally are doing, even if everyone else around you is walking, running, shouting, throwing or catching something.
5. Avoid contact with people who hide their face
These can be specially trained provocateurs, employees of law enforcement agencies, people with criminal intent, or simply hooligans. In any case, if they try to force you to do something, call you to a verbal or physical conflict, chant aggressive calls or start a fight, you should quickly get away from them.
6. Do not try to climb poles, peaks, fences
In the desire to photograph or capture on video what is happening, people who have never been involved in physical activity suddenly discover miracles of dexterity and think that they have become industrial climbers and professional photographers. If someone has firmly decided to break his leg, arm or neck, fall on someone or drop part of the fence on the participants, he can safely climb higher. But we advise you to be guided by the instinct of self-preservation and common sense, because not a single successful shot in an amateur album or social network is worth your health. In addition, security at such events may misinterpret your intentions and take harsh measures.
7. Do not wear long scarves, dresses with a hem or train, shoes with long laces
In crowded, cramped and confined spaces, there is a high risk of catching on something or getting confused. In the case of laces and a train, you can fall; in the case of a scarf, you can injure your neck or face the risk of suffocation.
8. If you suddenly fell in the crowd, try to group
If it so happened that you lost your balance and fell for reasons that depend or do not depend on you, immediately roll over on your side, group, try to protect your head with your hands. If at this moment the crowd is moving, try to get up on all fours as quickly as possible and crawl away from the main direction in which people are walking. If you see that someone has fallen next to you, try to lift this person as quickly as possible and help him get out of the thick of it.
9. If you notice something unusual, find your bearings
Flashes, explosions, fights, noise, strange movement, the appearance of a car or other vehicle in the crowd that should not be there, most likely a provocation or something that poses a threat to the health of the majority of those gathered. Do not sneak close to this strange event or object. Keep those who want to “go see”. Sometimes it’s better to leave quickly before the bulk reacts. Do not make noise or shout, so as not to provoke a panic. Leaving or staying is your choice.
10. Leave the kids at home if possible
Unless it’s a kid’s party, otherwise, from your favorite band’s concert to a political rally, leave them at home, with grandparents, family friends, or a babysitter. Children are always at a disadvantage in the crowd: they are smaller, lighter, slower, more vulnerable and get tired more quickly, succumb to panic and the negative influence of what is happening. After receiving a passport, your children can do whatever they see fit. Until then, let them stay at home, especially if the event is tense, noisy and crowded.