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In all of the fun planning around things like ambiance, it can feel burdensome to worry about something like safety. But it’s important to properly plan for such measures when you’re in charge of an event and the people attending.
When people attend events, they don’t think about things like safety – they expect that the organisers already have.  So that if they do find themselves in an emergency situation, you will take care of them.
It’s an important part of your responsibility in hosting an event. We’ve put together this starting guide to the basics of safety at events, in case you don’t know where to start. 

  • IDENTIFY POSSIBLE RISKS at your event so that you can then control those risks in an appropriate manner. In order to do this you must think about what might cause harm to the attendees at your event and determine if you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. The goal with risk management is not to entirely remove risks, but to identify sensible measures to control the risks and ensure measures are in place that are reasonable if a situation arises.
  •  STEP INTO THEIR SHOES....stepping into the shoes of a worker or attendee and seeing the day from their vantage point. What will they see, where will they be, how will they get from place to place. A good place to start is to think about the safety of structures above their heads and what’s at their feet. 
Identify the hazards at your event, the potential of harm, what can be done to lessen the risk, and what will be done if something happens.
These findings will create your risk management and safety plans. 

  • IDENTIFY EVENT NEEDS - identify the products you’re using at your event and the potential for harm.  Have you chosen products that help alleviate safety concerns? Do your structures meet safety standards and have they got engineering certificates?  What wind load and ballasts are required to keep structures steady and in place in high winds/ rain? For instance, Stretch Structures use the best material designed to meet most global fire, structural, and safety standards. The strong fabric contains built in fire retardant, adding an additional level of prevention to your risk management plans.   They also come with engineering certificates and wind guidelines.
  • AREAS OUT OF BOUNDS - Similar prevention methods should also include considering the best people to install electrical equipment and highlighting areas attendees should stay away from throughout your event.  
Choose products that will protect those at your event.  Its always good to prepare an emergency plan just in case something does go wrong. It’s worth the extra level of protection and peace of mind. 

  • SAFETY FOR WORKERS AND ATTENDEES -The people at your event will fall into two categories – those working and those attending. You’ll want to ensure that those working your event have safe working conditions for themselves, plus the ability to help attendees in emergency situations.
  •  HELPING HAND -Structures and equipment can sometimes be very heavy so the more hands to help, the lighter the workload and the safer of workers.   If you need installation staff, its worth investing in the cost to ensure that you look after your workers and ensure the installation is done correctly. 
  • OLD, YOUNG AND FRAIL- It’s also important to note the wide range of people you could have both working and attending your event and the individual needs they could have. People who could need more attention include those who are very young or old, those with severe allergies, expectant mothers, and people with disabilities. Responsible planning for your event will include taking these populations into consideration.
 Additionally, those working the event will be expected to be leaders in the case of an emergency. Go over safety protocol so workers are well prepared to help patrons with anything that arises, from sending someone to first aid to a full-scale evacuation.  

It’s imperative that you consider safety at your event and understand you are responsible for ensuring measures are in place in the case of emergency.
This guide just covers the basics of event planning safety and just touches on these important topics. It is by all means not an extensive list but a starting point to consider safety at your events.  Check your local environmental and health safety laws to ensure you are considering all the safety elements at your events  and to receive additional guidance to make your event a success.
Nothing can ruin the fun and an exciting event like someone getting harmed.  Add this very important component to your event planning process and make sure to take steps to alleviate possibilities of issues at your events.
If you are using Stretch Structures and are concerned about safety at your event, contact us to discuss how we can help ensure the safety of our structures and your patrons. We take safety very seriously and have our own safety practices to ensure we are helping you plan for the best event possible.