We’re all for dancing all night at festivals, but it’s imperative we don’t forget be smart and be safe as well. While we don’t encourage or condone drug use, we recognize that some festival goers still partake and we want to make sure everyone is well aware and equipped to have a good time without sacrificing your safety, especially after all the tragedies we’ve had last year. Sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference! That’s why iHeartRaves has been working with DanceSafe.org to bring you some of our most important festival safety tips as well as harm reduction and drug education. Here’s some of our best festival advice we hope will help you stay safe this festival season!
Squad up and use a buddy system! This doesn’t mean just going in pairs for a water run or bathroom break, but also being responsible and aware of one another.
Communicate if you’re not feeling well. And don’t downplay any discomfort thinking it’s nothing because – it could be something. Better safe than sorry!
Be aware of yourself and people around you. Take note if your friends look a little tired, hot, or under the weather.
Don’t be afraid to help others in need. Even if they tell you they don’t want help, at least keep a wary eye on them – even if they’re not a part of the group you came with. If someone’s nauseous or vomiting, they obviously need help and we’re all one rave fam.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Medical and security are there to help you, not get you in trouble. You or your friend could be in deeper trouble if you don’t.
Take care of yourself. Remember to hydrate and replenish your nutrients! All that walking and dancing takes a toll on your body. Eat healthy meals and get adequate rest.
Be knowledgeable. Festival grounds can be scorching hot, especially during the summer months. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and how to prevent is important.
Preventing Heat Stroke:
You’ve heard it many times before and we’ll repeat it again: Stay hydrated.
Rule of thumb is to drink about 2 cups of water every hour. Be careful not to drink too much water or you could end up upsetting your body’s balance of electrolytes which leads to a life threatening condition called hyponatremia.
Know your symptoms:
Some common symptoms of heat stroke are – failure to sweat, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
What happens if someone collapses on the dance floor from heatstroke?
Seek medical help immediately. Get the person to as cool a place as possible. Drench them with cold water and increase the cooling process by fanning them with anything, that festival guide makes a great makeshift fan. Focus on places where arteries are close to the skin – neck, wrists, and groin. Be sure not to cool them too rapidly or other serious consequences may develop. Make sure you disclose all relevant information to medics – including anything they might’ve indulged in to party. It won’t get you in trouble, but it will help your friend. If that person regains consciousness make them drink water with a bit of salt in it or a sports drink.
Just because you came to party, doesn’t mean you have to spend every second of the festival on your feet. Take some time to cool off and chill out in a shaded area.
Don’t forget the essentials! Bring sunglasses and a hat or a scarf, anything to help keep you out of direct sunlight in the case there’s not much shade available at the venue and apply sunscreen often.
We know that drug use is present at festivals and though we don’t endorse it, we want you to be as safe as possible so if you must supplement your partying, please be responsible and know your limits. Don’t drink more than you can handle and be knowledgeable about what you’re putting in your body.
Chemicals quickly turn into toxic concoctions when they’re mixed so it’s best to test what you have and know what you’re consuming. Most importantly, don’t over indulge, less is more!
And last but not least, what happens when you’re approached by someone who has some extra goodies? SAY NO. As much as we’d like to think we’re all PLUR and everyone is just trying to have a good time, it’s never a good idea to take goodies from strangers. Same goes for finding any goodies on the ground – you never know what it actually is.
We hope you found these tips helpful and ask that you please keep them in mind when you’re at your next festival
Happy festival season!
Associate Brand Manager of iHeartRaves.com & Editor in Chief of Studio 240. If you're interested in writing for Studio 240 shoot me an email at Angela@iheartraves.com!