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5 Tips for Staying Safe at Summer Festivals

There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than by attending your favorite seasonal festival. The Bay Area comes alive during the summer with dozens of popular festivals like the Berkeley World Music Festival, the Alameda County Fair, and the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival. Whether you’re in the mood for beer or wine, music, or a cultural festival, you’ll find an endless roundup of activities throughout the Bay Area this summer. Here are some tips to stay safe while you’re enjoying the sunshine, music, and food. 

1. Stay Hydrated 

If you drink alcohol, pace yourself and avoid becoming dehydrated. Becoming dehydrated is easy to do in the hot sun, especially when you’re distracted by music and you’ve had a few alcoholic drinks. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Many festivals have stations to refill water bottles so you won’t need to pay for water. 

2. Learn Your Way Around

When you first arrive, take a walk around to find out where everything is located, including the medical tent, shady areas, water fountains, and exits. You should know where the emergency services are located in case you need help. You should also note where Hayward guard security is stationed in case you need their services. 

3. Use the Buddy System 

Sticking with a friend or two is a good way to protect yourself at a festival. Don’t rely on your phone to keep in contact. Your battery might die or the network might get overloaded. Have a meet-up location in case you get separated from your friends, and make sure everyone is accounted for at the end of the night if you’re camping. 

4. Wear Sunscreen and Watch for Heatstroke 

While sunshine may be appreciated, it can cause serious health issues with prolonged exposure. Always wear sunscreen if you plan to be out in the sun. You should also recognize the signs of heatstroke, which can come with fever and unconsciousness when the body is unable to regulate its own temperature due to prolonged sun exposure. Someone experiencing heatstroke may not be able to get help for him or herself, so watch out for your friends. Heatstroke can cause the skin to feel dry and hot to the touch instead of sweaty. It can also cause flushed skin, rapid breathing, an altered mental state, and nausea. 

5. Protect Your Hearing 

While loud music and summer festivals go hand in hand, you should arrive prepared to protect your hearing. Too much exposure to loud noise can cause chronic tinnitus, migraines, and hearing loss. Keep in mind most rock shows are 110dB to 120dB, but continuous exposure to noise as low as 85dB can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Wear hearing protection that allows you to hear the music, just at a lower volume. Skip the disposable foam earplugs that muffle the noise and spend a little more for high-fidelity earplugs. Take regular breaks from the loud environment to reduce the dose of loud noise you are exposed to.

If you’re running a festival or another special event and need high-quality event security services in Hayward, reach out to ADS Guards today. We also provide highly trained guards for commercial and residential properties. Call 1-800-794-1550 for a free quote.