But what would happen if something unexpected happens during the excitement? If you land yourself in a stampede, here are some tips on what to do. Find out more.
Try to remain calm
If you find yourself in a crowd rush, the first thing you should do is remain calm. Getting panicked or agitated will only make the situation worse and could put you at risk of being injured.
Try to move to the edge of the crowd
If possible, try to move to the edge of the crowd. This will help you to avoid getting caught up in the middle of the rush and will make it easier for you to exit the area if necessary.
Do not attempt to fight against the flow of the crowd
Resisting the flow of the crowd will only make it harder for you to stay on your feet and could increase your risk of being injured. Instead, try to go with the flow and let the crowd carry you along.
When you happen to fall, do stay down and protect your head and neck
If you do fall, it is important that you stay down and protect your head and neck from being stepped on or trampled. Try to curl into a ball and wait for the crowd to pass before getting up.
Try not attempt to climb over barriers or fences
Climbing over barriers or fences is extremely dangerous in a crowd rush and could result in serious injury or even death. If there is a barrier between you and safety, wait for the crowd to disperse before attempting to cross it.
Move away from objects that could fall or be knocked over
In a crowd rush, anything that is not securely anchored could be knocked over or toppled, which could cause serious injury or even death. If possible, try to move away from any objects that could fall on you such as scaffolding, signs, or trees.
Exit the area as quickly as possible
Once you have managed to reach the edge of the crowd, exit the area as quickly as possible. Do not stop to rest or take pictures – just get out of there!
Seek medical attention if necessary
If you have been injured in a crowd rush, seek medical attention as soon as possible.