Staying safe at festivals

Music festivals are one of the highlights of the British summer, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans of all ages, every year.

Whether you’ll be moshing in the mud at Reading or drinking and dancing at the Virgin festival, there are common health hazards that can be avoided.

If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly and stick within the recommended limits.

First aiders are not allowed to hand out medication except over-the-counter remedies such as paracetamol. If you’re on any medication, bring your supply with you and take it as prescribed. Try not to mix medicines and drink as it will make you sick.

Medical centre
Find out where the site’s medical centres are when you arrive. If you think you may need assistance with an existing medical condition, make yourself known to the medical staff on your arrival.

Sun protection
Using a suncream with a minimum factor of 15, and applying it regularly, will give you protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Drink plenty of water. Have a bottle of water with you at all times.

Waterproofs and warm clothing are essential. People can get hypothermia (when your body temperature drops below safe levels) at festivals when the temperature drops at night, especially if their clothes are damp from sweat.

Camping gas accidents are the most common cause of serious burns at festivals. Never change gas canisters in or near a tent. Check that the canister is threaded properly before lighting.

Mobile phones
Mobile phone coverage at many festivals can be unreliable. If you get separated from your friends, have an arranged meeting spot and time.
In case of an emergency, the festival stewards are there to help.