3 Reasons For Using Crowd Control Barriers at your next event
There’s no better way to manage crowds at large public events than crowd control barriers. Some music festivals or concerts can get a bit rowdy, especially if you’ve got a popular act headlining an event with hundreds of fans! Crowd control barriers can definitely form part of an effective plan to help protect performers from an enthusiastic crowd, while providing protection for the crowd as well.
Some of the benefits of using crowd control barriers might seem obvious, however there are a few things we think are worth mentioning. Understanding the “why” of crowd control barrier hire might help you when it comes to choosing the right types of barriers for your event.
In this blog, we’ll discuss three important benefits to using crowd control barriers for your next event:
- Compliance with Government Regulations
- Traffic Management
- Boost Your Reputation
Why It’s Important To Use Crowd Control Barriers
Compliance With Government Regulations
Whether you plan an event on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane, crowd barrier hire services ensure your event complies with local regulations. Reputable crowd control barrier companies will be across all the most current rules and regulations, and will even have some handy tips to make your event not just meet requirements, but exceed them!
As an example, the use of crowd control barriers increases the chances of getting an event permit in Brisbane. Crowd management is an important part of any safety management plan, including both security staff and crowd management strategies. Consider including in your safety management plan a map of the site with well thought out barrier placements to enhance the safety of attendees, staff and performers.
Making sure the right kind of barricades are used is just as important as their placement around your venue. During emergency situations, security professionals say that barriers are well-designed if people can leave the premises within eight minutes.
Qualified companies specialising in Gold Coast crowd control barriers will also tell you that the Gold Coast City Council will classify an event as low-, medium- or high-risk, based on the event’s activities, size and other factors. The cost for every permit depends on the type of event, and while it may not reduce the cost of your permit, ensuring that your next event is carefully and adequately supplied with crowd control barriers will certainly provide the council with evidence that security at your event has been well planned and considered.
A common misconception about crowd control is that it’s only important to use around entry and exit points. Considering the facilities that people will make a beeline to, when predicting crowd control requirements, helps structure your traffic flow barriers. These include queues to the food and beverage counters, parking lots, and toilet facilities.
People are less likely to rush when they know exactly where everything is. With well-planned signage indicating where to find different features and focus points, attendees can plan their day and clearly see how long wait times are. They’re likely to be more relaxed when planning where to go next, and enjoy their time more while at your event.
An important aspect of using crowd barriers is that they help accommodate people with disabilities who need more space to move around the venue. When mapping out high-traffic areas, ensuring that there’s always enough space for mobility-impaired people means your event is more accessible, inclusive and enjoyable.
By using crowd barriers to enhance foot traffic, people can easily get from A to B. Crowd control prevents family and friends from being separated and ensures that everyone feels calm and secure – even when there are hundreds of people attending!
Boost Your Reputation
This is one of the less evident benefits of barriers, but the way you use crowd-control methods can create a positive experience between customers and your business.
If visitors are impressed with the level of safety and organisation at an event, they’ll be more likely to return to another event hosted by your business. People respond well to clear, creative, and engaging signage, so consider using your barriers to communicate with your audience.
Crowd control barriers are a great way to advertise your business through branded posters and signage. As well as helping visitors find what they need by providing a clear path to where they need to be, they’ll also start to recognise your business and associate it with an enjoyable experience.
When it comes to event planning, everything is an advertising opportunity! Crowd barriers can give you a great opportunity to think outside the box and get creative with how you use essential structural elements to boost your business’s reputation.
Crowd control barriers play a big but understated role in a successful event. They can protect performers, help with compliance, and guide attendees to make sure they have a positive experience with your business and your event. When choosing a stage hire company, ask if they’re also a supplier of crowd barriers.
Festival Hire Services uses barriers with one-metre long panels that are 1.1m high. Our crowd-control equipment passes ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Standards to assure safety for any event.
We’d love to be part of making your next event a roaring success.
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