Posted on Friday, July 15, 2022
With weather warnings hitting the headlines today, we want to share our tips for staying safe while working at festivals and events.
- Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water; the NHS recommends drinking 1.2 litres of water per day (six to eight glasses), but this increases when the temperature does.
- Avoid dehydrating liquids such as alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks (sorry to any caffeine addicts out there!)
- Wear protective loose clothing. We all know what the British public are like as it hits 20C, suns out gun out, but it’s actually a good idea to cover up. Any exposed skin is liable to burn. We recommend wearing lightweight, light-coloured, and loose-fitting clothing.
- Don’t overexert yourself. Pace yourself. Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
- Cool down. Use a damp towel or bandana to wipe your face or place around your neck. Put your wrists under cold water to cool down.
- Slather on your factor 50. You’re going to need a high factor next week, factor 15 just won’t cut it unfortunately. Try to avoid getting sunburn as it makes sleeping uncomfortable and feels stingy.
- Bring a hat. Wide-brimmed hats such as cowboy hats are ideal and look pretty cool!
- Look after yourself and keep any eye on others. Be alert to signs of heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, sunburn, and heatstroke. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at high risk. Educate yourself using the NHS website.
- Avoid direct sun where possible. Find shade or block out the sun with an umbrella.
- As always, if someone looks unwell, seek medical assistance immediately.
Shout-out to everyone working at Beat-Herder, Standon Calling and Latitude Festival next week, stay safe!