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Crowd Control Barriers for Your Event in Baltimore

If you have ever been to a sporting event or a large-scale music event as a spectator, you probably know just how amorphous and unwieldy a large crowd can get. When you get caught up in a huge crowd, you lose the capability to physically control yourself as an individual and instead become a part of the current that pulls you this way and that way. And while you might momentarily enjoy the experience, at any time it could become dangerous if it gets out of control.

The passion of the moment combines with alcohol and heat is a dangerous situation that needs to be kept under control. What needs to be remembered is that you also need to worry about other factors other than just the size of the crowd. This means you must take into account the factors and behaviors that affect crowds.

There are several issues that crowds can cause including surges, widespread panic, trampling and jumping or crowd surfing. In an effort to avoid problems that arise when crowds gather, SONCO offers crowd control barriers and other rentals for your event in Baltimore.

Creating a Plan

When you are holding an event and creating a safety plan, you need to consider all of the options available for crowd control. The methods you choose depend largely on the layout of the venue and the type of event being held. The plan you come up with will need to include controlling crowds in the parking lot, at the entrances and at the exits as well as in the actual venue. The plan you come up with won’t be quick and easy, it takes time and a lot of work, but it will be worth the effort.

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Safety & Security

In your plan, there needs to be a detailed section concerning the training of the security staff. This is one of the most important aspects of security considerations as if you do not have a properly trained security staff, they will not be prepared to deal with an active emergency which will put everybody at risk.

Other Considerations

Depending on the type of show at the venue, you will need to determine what could happen that would cause safety issues. For example, a music band might include pyrotechnics in their performance which holds the possibility of safety issues and an emergency. So this means you need to have a safety plan that includes measures for fire control and evacuation procedures.

Venue Capacity

When you are creating a safety plan, it is very important that you have the building capacity worked into it. That is, you will want to consider having security at the entrances who count heads. Violating room capacity numbers risks a dangerous situation as well as breaks laws. When you reach capacity, close off the venue. As patrons leave, you can allow more in.

Crowd control keeps the attendees safe and creates procedures that help deal with emergencies. If you are planning crowd control for an event, give SONCO a call and we can help.

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