#childsafety | In wake of Astroworld Festival, local venue manager gives tips for concert safety | Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — Following the deadly Astroworld Festival crowd surge that killed 9 people and injured hundreds more, a local venue manager is reminding people how they can stay safe at concerts and events. 

Music festivals and concerts are also still getting back into the swing of things as COVID-19 restrictions are lightening. 

HR Cook, the manager of Five Flags Theater in Dubuque, says one of the first things to know is the location of the closest emergency exits and venue staff. In an emergency, this will let you get out and find help quickly.

Second, know your limits. If the crowd is packed, don’t add to it by pushing to the front. 

Third, get out of the way of emergency and venue staff so they can keep things safe. According to Cook, no matter how many safety precautions venues put in place, visitors need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. 

“For those people who go to the shows, to understand that they have to know their surroundings,” Cook said. “If they don’t feel comfortable being in a crowd, to kinda hang back at the back.” 

Cook says if you have any more concerns as a parent or visitor, contact the venue ahead of time. 

“Call the venue, ask them of safety protocols, ask them of what kind of crowd to expect,” he said. “And hey can not only assist in what seats to buy and where you feel comfortable and they kind of tell you what to expect for the evening.” 

It is also important to stay hydrated at these events, as dehydration can be just as dangerous as anything else. 

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