Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Nightclubs and Concert Halls are a common social setting for millions of people all over the globe. There are nightclubs that cater to many different age groups and subcultures, and they promise patrons a great time with their party atmosphere, loud music, dancing, or other unique attractions.
Unfortunately, there have been some very notable tragedies that have taken place at night clubs. As recently as January 2013, a deadly fire killed 231 people at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In February 2003 a fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island killed 100 people. In May 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Kentucky killed 165 people. In 1942, the Coconut Grove fire in Massachusetts killed 492 people. These are only a few examples among the many instances in recent history when a night of fun at a club took a tragic turn due to fire.
“Nightclubs are fun, but can be potentially disastrous for several reasons,” said Donald Colarusso, President of All Hands Fire Equipment and a 25 year veteran firefighter. “Contributing factors to the danger of a night club environment include large crowds, intentionally dim and/or flashing lights, loud and potentially disorienting music and the presence of alcohol or other substances can raise tempers and help initiate aggressive behavior.”
The following are some tips to enhance safety during a night at the club:
In the event that a fire does erupt in a nightclub setting, firefighters will work to confine and suppress the flames utilizing thermal imaging cameras, search rope, fire hose and other specialized firefighting tools. Police officers will be questioning patrons, ensuring that everyone is accounted for, and maintaining order and security. Emergency medical professionals will be tending to the injured and providing support to firefighters as needed. During any emergency it is important that these public safety professionals get plenty of space and cooperation. In the dark, disorienting, enclosed setting of a nightclub in it is even more vital for patrons to refrain from panicking and closely follow the instructions of emergency personnel than during the average structural fire.