Be Safe this Festival Season

The festival season is well and truly in full flow. Although the events industry has been working hard behind the scenes to welcome you and keep you safe, what can you do to keep yourself safe this festival season? 

Going to a music festival can be an amazing experience. Whether it’s one day or a weekend-long event, these 10 tips can help you stay safe and healthy while still having a blast.

1. Party safe

You can make the most of your music festival experience by partying safely. Keep tabs on how much alcohol you’re drinking and avoid binge drinking.
While illicit drugs may seem fun, they are also dangerous as you don’t know what’s in them or how they’ll affect you. Don’t mix alcohol and other drugs – you can’t know how they will react with each other and if they will make you sick.

If you see something that doesn’t look right or suspicious, tell someone. It’s better to let a steward know than leave it. 


2. Stay cool and hydrated

Partying and watching your favourite bands play under the blazing sun can knock you about. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water, especially if you’re drinking alcohol.
Stay cool by wearing a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, and hanging out in shaded areas when you can.

3. Chill out and take a break

Heatstroke can happen easily, especially when you’re under the hot sun. Drinking alcohol or other activities can also lead to heatstroke because they make it hard for your body to cool itself down.
Cool down by drinking lots of water and take some time out. See if there are some chill out spaces where you can have a break for a while.


4. Practice safe sex

If you hook up with someone, practice safe sex so you don’t catch an STI. The best way to look after your sexual health is to use condoms and take them with you, so you’re prepared.
If you have sex, remember that everyone involved needs to definitely agree. Saying ‘maybe’ or ‘I think so’ is not good enough.
And doing some things, like oral sex, doesn’t mean you have to do everything.
You shouldn’t feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to.

5. Medication

Take any medication you need with you. Depending on your health and needs, consider taking an asthma inhaler, antihistamines, antidepressants and antiseptic.

Festivals will have first aid facilities, but usually won’t have a medical service. If you do need to see a GP or pharmacist, use the healthdirect app to locate one.

If you’re going to drink, check your medication for how they may react with alcohol.

6. Learn your way around

When you first get to the festival, check out what’s where (and not just which bands are playing and when). Festivals can be confusing places, so it’s important to know where the toilets, first aid, food stalls, bar, camping and chill-out zones are. Most festivals provide a map, or you could just walk around and explore!

7. Protect your hearing

While thumping drum beats, blaring guitar riffs and screeching vocals are part of the festival experience, they also hammer your hearing. Loud noise and music festivals go hand in hand, so be prepared and protect your ears with earplugs.

And if you can’t cope with the loud noise, move away from the speakers for a while.

8. Have a buddy system

Consider using a ‘buddy system’, where you look out for a friend and they look out for you. Organise a time and meeting place with your buddy in case you get lost or want to go off to see different things.

Don’t always rely on your phone, as your battery may go flat or the network may become overloaded.

9. Watch your drinks

Drink spiking is when a person deliberately adds alcohol or another drug like GHB or Rohypnol to your drink without you knowing. This can make you drunk or feel ‘out of it’ unexpectedly.

Don’t share with or accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust. Better still, buy and pour your own drinks.

10. Download online tools

Access to good information can be hard to get when you’re not at home.

The Reachout.com toolbox provides a range of useful tools and apps that may be helpful when you’re out and about. The National Drug Campaign App provides information about different drugs and tips on how to avoid difficult situations.

Check out the healthdirect app before you leave home. It can help you find a local health service, check out any symptoms you may have and provide accurate location information to emergency services if something goes terribly wrong.

Hotel Owners Face Trial Over Food Safety Breaches

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Owners of Adelphi hotel face trial over food safety breaches

The owners of Liverpool’s Adelphi hotel are due to face trial today after being charged with a string of breaches of food safety laws.

The 402 room city centre hotel, on Ranelagh Place, is alleged to have contravened legislation demanding that food premises must be “clean or in good condition” and have “adequate procedures to control pests”.

Liverpool City Council is making the case against the hotel’s operators, Britannia Hotels Ltd based in Hale, Cheshire, which they have denied.

The hotel faces 20 charges, to which the owners have pleaded not guilty.

The Adelphi is alleged to have breached the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations Act 2013, on September 29 2015, and March 18 and September 7 last year.

The key regulations state that;

A twin bedroom at the Adelphi Hotel

The layout, design, construction, siting and size of food premises are to permit good food hygiene practices, including protection against contamination, and, in particular, pest control;

Food is to be protected against any contamination likely to render it unfit for human consumption, injurious to health or contaminated in such a way that it would be unreasonable to expect it to be consumed in that state;

All articles, fittings and equipment with which food comes into contact are to be effectively cleaned, and where necessary, disinfected;

Food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe – and food shall be deemed to be unsafe after the use-by date has expired;

 

New Crowded Places Guidance launched

New and updated guidance intended to give protective security advice to those responsible for managing the security ofCrowded Places

This new guidance is primarily aimed at those with a responsibility for security at crowded places and those who own or run businesses, organisations, amenities or utilities. Some of the terminology may be unfamiliar to some readers. However, we hope the advice can also be of use to anyone who wishes to improve their own security.
The new Crowded Places guidance for the UK has been written by NaCTSO with the support of The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and over 100 subject matter and academic experts. It covers the key areas of protective security including physical, personnel, personal and cyber. It provides guidance on how different sectors can act to help make their business, institutions or organisations safer. Its purpose to support those who are charged with security at crowded places mitigate the threat and help make the UK less vulnerable to an attack. The guidance is interactive and designed to assist crowded place sectors assess the risk and build a security plan to help mitigate that risk and recover more quickly should there be a terrorist attack.
As the terrorist threat evolves the guidance has been designed to be a living document taking the best advice from some of the UKs leading experts and organisations. There are many links within the guidance directing you to websites providing support in your planning.
The foundation for the ability to manage during a crisis lies in the preparations we make. It is important that we all recognise the risks, develop security plans, train our staff, carry out rehearsal exercises and understand our roles and responsibilities. Leadership will come from all levels within an organisation during an incident but must come from the top to change the security culture.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said:
Terrorist attacks are rare in the UK, but recent events have shown that an attack could happen anywhere and without warning. Those locations either public or private where large groups of people gather, for reasons such as entertainment, business, transportation, sporting or social occasions, have always been preferential targets for terrorists. Terrorism has evolved in recent times, with many conflicts overseas influencing terrorist acts in the UK. Social media in particular is being manipulated to incite, inspire and enable groups and individuals to target these crowded places.
The UK Threat level from International Terrorism is ‘SEVERE’, which means that an attack is highly likely. Such an attack can come in many forms, not just a physical but it can include interference with vital information or communication systems, causing disruption and economic damage. Against this background there is a need to make our crowded places as accessible as possible and to minimise the threat. However there is a balance to be achieved where we must all take responsibility for security to mitigate the threat and impact of terrorism.
This new and updated guidance is intended to give protective security advice to those responsible for managing the security of crowded places. Every location is different and I would urge those of you who hold this responsibility to review your security using the information in this guidance to reassure yourselves around your Security Plan.
Guidance within this booklet is intended to not only make the UK more resilient to a terrorist attack but also to support our fight against other crimes. If you have any information about suspicious behaviour or activity you can report it in confidence, either by calling the police or making an online report. Thank you once again for the contributions that I know you are making already.
You play a key role in preventing and protecting communities against terrorism.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-crowded-places-guidance-launched

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