It’s that time of year again and the last festival of summer, read on for our safety tips for on and off the campsite! This #FantasticForumFriday we’ve included some tips from Electric Picnic organisers – hat tip to them!
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Make a Meeting Point
Report anything or anyone suspicious to campsite security – don’t rely on someone else to!
Leave your valuables at home
You don’t need to bring your iPod or your mother’s antique necklace, leave them at home! If you have a smart phone, make sure you keep it safe or even take an old mobile phone for the weekend. Don’t bring all your credit cards, take a back up debit card as well as your cash. If you can, try to split up your cash into 2 bundles.
Never leave your drink unattended
This is hugely important, keep your drinks with you at all times and make sure your friends do too.
Make sure to eat regular meals while drinking alcohol during the weekend. A proper meal will help that hangover as well as your absorption levels.
Check out DrinkAware.ie’s P-A-C-I-N-G guide here.
Pace your drinks and keep hydrated. Not only will it minimise the sore head for the morning after, it will also keep you alert and awake.
Even if you feel fine the morning after you may still be over the legal driving limit.
Remember: Your body gets rid of roughly one standard drink (that’s half a pint, or a small glass of wine, or a pub measure of spirits) – per hour. If you feel you may still have alcohol in your system the next morning, make alternative travel arrangements.
Here is the official Electric Picnic 2015 guide to safety:
- Stay in groups and be tolerant of friends slowing you down.
- Agree a good meeting point with your mates.
- If you meet someone new, invite them to join your group. If you want to see them on your own, follow these basic rules:
- Meet somewhere public and start off with some other friends so people know who you are with. Take a picture of them on your phone and text a mate – they will probably be flattered. Make a plan to meet up later so your friends know you are OK.
- Keep your wits about you – that means not drinking too much or taking other substances. After all, if you meet the love of your life, you’ll want to remember something about it!
- Learn the layout of the site – particularly your camping area so you can find toilets and stewards without wandering about.
- Pick your camping spot carefully: somewhere with a landmark which you can find at night. If you are girls alone, try to keep to busier areas. Get to know the people who are camped around you; it makes for a nicer vibe and you also know who’s meant to be going in and out of those tents – and vice versa with your tent.
- Carry a torch with you and keep your mobile on and look out for your mates. It’s always more fun in a crowd and you help keep them safe just like they help you.
- There are plenty of festival staff here to help. Don’t be worried about asking us for directions or to report something or someone you are worried about.
- Unless you are completely sure of someone, don’t be tempted to go to secluded areas, or back to their tent.
- Be really clear about what you say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to. Don’t get pressured into doing anything you’re not comfortable with. If you don’t like the way things are going, walk away or call out for help.
- Look after yourself, don’t overdo it, and look out for others.
- Remember there is more chance of catching an infection in a field than at home so make sure you use the water points and hand sanitiser stations at the toilet blocks to wash your hands regularly.
- Electric Picnic takes place on uneven parkland with stone tracks and metal track way.. Whilst we take every effort to ensure that suitable walkways are available there will be some areas where care should be taken due to uneven ground conditions. Take care, especially at night and during periods of adverse weather. Strong shoes for walking are a good idea – as is a torch after dark.
- Please do not climb on any trees onsite. It is dangerous and may damage the tree.
- Due to the beautiful lake onsite in the arena, there may be some midges, especially at dusk, cover up and bring insect repellent with you.
- Please don’t dig holes as the site is normally home to cattle and sheep.
- Illegal drugs are no more legal onsite than off.
- Give any passing security or emergency vehicles plenty of space to pass and don’t ride on vehicles.
- Serious sunstroke, sunburn or cancer can be caused by the sun on unprotected skin.
- Prolonged exposure to high volume noise can cause severe hearing damage.
Should you experience any problems or feel the need to talk to someone please go to the Welfare tent in the Village.
The Welfare tent is open 24 hours a day.
Fires are not permitted anywhere at all at the festival.
Anyone seen creating or fuelling a fire may face eviction from the festival site. In addition anyone found burning any unsuitable materials such as toxic materials, other people’s possessions, site infrastructure, trees or hedges onsite will be liable to eviction / prosecution.
Fire Safety Tips
- Candles are dangerous please don’t bring them; torches are far less of a fire risk in and around tents.
- Watch out for flying embers and sparks, as they could start a fire, even from some distance.
- Don’t burn plastic or any other toxic materials. Anyone burning toxic materials is liable for eviction.
- Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive a fire.
- If you cook, always do it outside in designated BBQ areas, ensure that there is constant supervision and keep well away from any flammable materials
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, highly poisonous gas that can kill in minutes. Never take a portable barbecue, or lit charcoal into an enclosed space like a tent or caravan.
If a fire starts in your tent, you must get everyone out of the tent and evacuate the area as quickly as possible. You need to get help from the nearest steward or security who will call the onsite Fire Team to extinguish the fire.
In the campsites, you can go to the nearest Fire Tower (situated in the campsites and easily visible). In the unlikely event that you cannot find a member of security or steward nearby, then please dial 999/112.
Remember that fire can spread very quickly around flammable materials such as tents and rubbish. Even a small contained fire can quickly spread, producing smoke and fumes which can kill in seconds. Ensure that you raise the alarm and keep other campers in the vicinity away from the fire until it has been contained and properly extinguished.
Here is a simple fire code to help you decide whether to put out or get out:
Only tackle a fire in its very early stages
- Always put your own and other peoples safety first.
- Make sure you can escape if you need to and never let a fire block your exit.
- Fire extinguishers are only for fighting a fire in its very early stages. Never tackle a fire if it is starting to spread or has spread to other items nearby.
- Around 70% of fire deaths are caused by people being overcome by smoke and fume.
The Welfare Tent is situated in the Village Area and is open 24 hours and provides experienced, caring and confidential help for all kinds of practical and personal problems offering general assistance and advice, counselling, and help for distressed / missing people.
The Welfare Tent also offers a recovery area for patients from medical and emergency shelter in a crash tent with camper mats and sleeping bags.
There is an Information Tent in each of the campsites
Information is also available from your Zone Manager in your campsite (in burgundy tabards) or from stewards and security.
There are large boards by the campsites info points which will include a site map.
If a child is found, please notify the nearest steward immediately who will radio the Electric Picnic Control Centre. A member of the Gardai will then go to the location of the lost child. A parent who has lost a child should follow the same procedure, making contact with nearest steward who will contact the Electric Picnic Control Centre.
- We advise that all parents write their mobile numbers on a child’s wristband, which are available from the Family Campsite and Soul Kids area. Remember to check this each day to ensure it’s still legible.
- Always hold hands or carry your children through busy areas
- Educate your children on what to do if they get separated from you. Advise them to stay where they are and not to move or go with anyone until a Garda or Steward approaches them. They should indicate their phone number to the Garda or Steward.
- Please register your children here
- Children must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian at ALL times
A search may be conducted as a condition of entry to premises.
Incidents of crime and disorder will be reported to the Gardaí
Entry to the premises will be refused to any person who appears to be drunk, acting in a threatening manner or is violent. Entry to the premises will be refused to anyone convicted by the Gardaí of an offence of drunkenness, violence or threatening behaviour or the use or distribution of illegal substances.
Anyone caught burning toxic materials, creating large bonfires, throwing gas canisters or aerosols onto fires, putting tents on fires, throwing missiles or taking part in anti-social behaviour that endangers other festival goers will be evicted from site.
Security staff will be patrolling in the campsites 24 hours throughout the festival. They are there to help and are also watching for suspicious behaviour. There is also CCTV that is monitored by Security Control as well as theft spotters based throughout the campsites.
Please contact security if you need any assistance.
If you have an incident with a security guard, steward or any other member of our staff that you want to tell us about – please make a note of their tabard number, or the name on their pass. Without this information we can do very little as identifying them becomes very difficult. You can make a complaint via the Information Tent or the Welfare Tent or through your Zone Manager patrolling your zone in a burgundy tabard and your complaint will be passed straight on to the organisers onsite.
Electric Picnic is a weekend of huge fun and enjoyment. We don’t want that experience spoiled by anything happening to you or your stuff, so we’re offering this advice to help your weekend go with a swing and not a bump.
Most people are here to have a great time and make new friends, but there may be some people at the festival who might take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere. Festivals can offer an easy target for career criminals and opportunists who know how festival goers tick and Electric Picnic is sadly no exception. Electric Picnic is the size of a small town and you need to take the same precautions as you would on any other night out, so please read through the advice below and plan ahead.
- Don’t bring unnecessary valuables or anything you can’t afford to lose.
- Lock and empty your vehicles. Leave the glove compartment open and clearly empty.
- There’s safety in groups, camp with friends or make friends with your neighbours – will keep an eye on your tent while you’re gone. Do the same for them!
- Mark your property clearly, put your address on anything of value so it can be posted back to you.
- Don’t leave any valuables in your tent while you are out and about, including necessary medications – there are lockers available in the Jimi Hendrix campsite.
- Don’t keep all your valuables in one place – Separate your money and valuables in different pockets / places in your tent.
- Please report any suspicious persons and behaviour to security staff and festival staff. Do not approach them yourself.
- Stick with your friends / people you trust, try not wander off on your own.
- Avoid dark areas – there is plenty of lighting and festoon around the site.
Quite simply – please DON’T BRING THEM. There is enough going on for you to be entertained without your iPod, laptop etc.
Don’t leave valuables in your tent. Remember that tents are impossible to make secure and are vulnerable, even zipped up so please take advantage of the lockers in the Jimi Hendrix campsite.
Don’t leave anything that is of value to you when you sleep by the doors of your tent – unfortunately thieves work 24 hours so don’t give them easy pickings.
Don’t put a padlock on your tent as this screams “I have something worth stealing in here” and don’t bury your valuables by your tent as someone is bound to be watching.
Don’t carry anything in back pockets – especially at the stages, pockets with zips are better or a money belt.
Split your cash and cards into two hoards so that if one lot goes – you have back up and don’t carry more money than you need to – there are cash machines in the arena next to Electric Ireland.
Only bring the bank cards and keys that you need with you in case they get lost. Make a note of your bank card numbers and leave it at home to make cancellation easier if they do go missing.
Mobile Phones / tablets
There are free apps to track your phone/tablet if it goes missing or gets stolen. Your device is tracked by GPS and can be located online and in some cases be locked remotely. If the phone/device is stolen you can pass this information to the Gardaí.
Keep a record of your phone’s 15 digit serial number or IMEI number which is unique to each phone. Find it by keying in *#06#* or by looking behind the battery. This number should help the Gardaí trace ownership quickly.
Register the phone with your operator. If you report the phone stolen, the operator should then be able to bar your SIM card. Use the phone’s security lock or pin number.
Keep your phone well hidden when you are not using it. Don’t wave your expensive phone around in a crowd when taking photos. It may catch the wrong person’s eye. There are career criminals doing a roaring trade in mobile phones stolen at festivals.
Make sure your mobile is charged up on a daily basis – in the early afternoon. The stages get busy at night and you are more likely to need your phone to meet up with friends who might have wandered to the bar, it can also double up as a torch for finding your way back to your tent.
Don’t leave anything valuable in your car – including sat navs, car stereos, cameras, CDs or mobile phones. Leave your glove compartment empty and open so that thieves can see they have nothing to break in for.
If you do become a victim of crime or if you see a crime happening – try and make sure you get a good look at them or their clothes, so that when you report them we have a good head start. Also, make a note of exactly where you are if you can – look out for loos, fire towers, unusual tents, what colour the bunting is and any nearby signage.
Please then report the issue as soon as you can to us.
Information coming in live helps us do something about it at the time, so please let us know about any problems as they happen. Let the nearest member of staff know immediately.
If you need to report a crime onsite you can do so at the Garda Station onsite in the Jimi Hendrix Campsite.
If anyone you don’t know comes in to your tent, even if they say they are lost please tell our staff immediately, thieves often use this excuse when they enter a tent to steal but find people inside. If they are genuinely lost they will be glad of help to find their tent.
If you are reporting the theft of a mobile phone, you will be required to first contact your network provider and have the handset blocked. This will ensure that its use will be blocked across all UK networks even if the SIM card is changed, and will make it useless to the thief. A list of contact numbers for UK network providers will be available at the Information Tent and at the Welfare Tent.
It is always worth checking at the Lost Property Cabin in the Jimi Hendrix Campsite which runs the onsite Lost Property service first in case you have lost your item, rather than had it stolen or in case it has been handed in.
Please don’t be alarmed by our advice – just be forewarned. Plan ahead and look out for each other. If you have any concerns about your safety in the campsites, camp somewhere well lit, go near a fire tower or on the edge of an emergency access lane.
Introduce yourself to campsite staff, show them where your tent is, stick a flag on it so it’s easy for them to see, and ask them to keep an eye out. They will. Introduce yourself to your neighbours and set up a neighbourhood watch system, it may sound naff but experience shows that the best and friendliest campsites are the ones with people in that make the effort to do so. It also means you’ll have more friends to party with too!
Have a great (and safe) weekend!