Stay Safe at Festivals

Posted by admin on September 10, 2013 at 8:56 am. Filed under: First Aid

Life is unpredictable and you never know what is going to happen next. That is why it is a good idea to ensure that you are always stocked up with emergency first aid supplies in case disaster strikes. With the summer festival season well and truly underway, there are a number of items which every person should consider taking with them when they go camping for the weekend. After all, when you are away from home for a few nights you won’t have access to your normal medical supplies. As such, it is best to make sure that you take the right type of equipment and medicine with you when you are going to a festival.

T in the Park is the biggest music festival in Scotland. However, at this year’s 2013 event there was almost double the number of reported injuries compared to the amount recorded at the 2012 festival. This can in part be attributed to the hot weather conditions and people becoming more dehydrated than usual. People with allergies and hay fever are also more susceptible to health problems if they are camping outside with their normal medication.

Indeed, with the expected hot weather this summer it stands to reason that people will be at greater risk of receiving heat related injuries. If you have never been to a festival before you may be unsure of what type of medical supplies to take with you. An HSE first aid box will cover you with all the basic essentials that you may need before seeking further medical help. If you do have an existing medical condition make sure that you carry a list of your regular medication with you at all times. This will be useful information for professional medical staff in case you do suffer a bad injury or health attack.

One of the best things about sleeping in the great outdoors is the fact that you can have a lot of outdoor food! Barbeques are especially popular at festivals. There is nothing quite like sitting round in a circle with your friends and listening to the bands in the distance whilst cooking your own food on the barbeque. However, outdoor cooking can be dangerous and it is easy to get burned if you don’t pay full attention. That is why it is a good idea to ensure that you have a tube of burn gel in your kit to deal with any accidental minor burns.

If you have first aid supplies with you at a festival, the best way of avoiding having to use them is by using a good old dose of common sense. Yes, that giant mud pool may look like a thoroughly tempting proposition, but if you jump into it you could easily hurt yourself in the process by accidentally slipping. What is more, you will probably stink all weekend too! The vast majority of people manage to survive going to festivals without any problems, but it is always best to be prepared.

 

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