Morrisville, NC (PRWEB) May 14, 2005
Crowding, stampeding, trampling, suffocation, with no avenue of escape, is the number one cause of multiple injuries and deaths by human hands in crowds.
Consider a personÂs chest cavity depressed without the ability to take air into their lungs for a period of seconds to approximately three minutes? This is sure to cause that person to lose consciousness. Any time greater than this period may cause irreversible brain damage, due to the brainÂs starvation of air.
Crowds increase or decrease from a few people to thousands in a matter of minutes. Whether during ingress, egress, or in celebration or protest, it is within this period that the greatest potential for serious problems arise.
Perkins noted, ÂOften people attending a gathering are not aware of the dangers that lurk within crowds. Their excitement and attention is usually focused on the event and activities. They rarely think about what to do, where to go or how to protect themselves in crowds.Â
Perkins should know, for more than twenty-four (24) years he called the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey home, serving as Vice President of Guest Services and Facility Operations. The Meadowlands is home to the NFL Giants and Jets Football teams, NBA Nets Basketball and NHL NJ Devils Hockey teams. It is also home to the Meadowlands Race Track, which features both thoroughbred and harness racing, and thousands of other events from the Pope to formula one auto racing. He is currently the Assistant General Manager at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, home of the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball.
ÂOne of my greatest rewards is knowing that I've planned for every conceivable situation for the safety of each and every guest attending an event. When the producers of NBC TV Dateline called me to demonstrate crowd safety techniques on their ÂGet Out AliveÂ segment, I jumped at the opportunity to show people how to protect themselves in crowdsÂ, said Perkins. Tragedies like those at the Station Night Club in Rhode Island, where 95 people lost their lives in a fire, the E2 Night Club in Chicago, where 21 people were trampled to death on a stairwell packed with people as they tried to escape, the recent shooting death at the Alrosa Villa Club, where the lead singer was shot to death and hostages were taken, or where the floor collapsed during a wedding in Israel under the pressure of the crowd, demonstrates why we should take action and learn how to protect ourselves in crowds.
Perkins served as the expert witness in a case where 29 wrongful death lawsuits were filed as a result of an incident at City College of New York where eight people attending a celebrity basketball event perished on the stairs of the Nat Holman Gymnasium. ÂI want every parent, every student, every senior citizen, every patron and every facility manager to instinctively know what to do when things go wrong at public gatherings.Â said Perkins. Knowing how to recognize and escape the dangers in crowds could save your life and/or those of your loved ones, he warns. By sharing his experience and insight, his hope is to save lives while encouraging individuals to live fully and not fearfully.
In his new book ÂCrowd Safety and Survival: Practical Event and Public Gathering Safety Tips,Â http://www.lulu.com/content/77654 his Âcutting edgeÂ techniques teach people how to protect themselves in crowds. Safety tips such as:
- What to do if you are caught in an out of control, packed or moving crowd.
- Recognizing the danger signals and hot zones of crowds
- Where you should position yourself within a crowd
- How to escape should you find yourself down in a crowd
- Learn what to do before you leave home
- Learn how to gauge the effectiveness of security
- Learn how much time you have to escape a dangerous situation
- How to protect your chest cavity if caught against a railing and other barriers.
- Learn about the different types of surfaces and what they mean.
Perkins is vice chair of the International Association of Assembly ManagersÂ Academy of Venue Safety and Security. ÂIn todayÂs environment, you must not only teach facility managers how to protect the public, but teach the public how to protect themselves. Everyone has a responsibility for safety. The life you save may be your own,Â he said.
Get a free copy of "Crowd Safety Tips" http://www.lulu.com/content/93234 - Limited time only.
For additional information visit http://www.ManagingCrowds.com or contact Larry Perkins at 919-388-1616
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