4 Potentially Lifesaving Tips to Survive a Crowd Surge
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ER physician Dr. J. Mack Slaughter explains when a large number of people are densely packed in a small area a surge can occur and the crowd moves almost like a liquid and not as individual people. Following the surge, a crowd crush can take place where the weight of the crowd compresses the chests of people. This can be followed by a crowd collapse, which happens when 1 person falls to the ground and then numerous other people also fall and pile on top of them -- sometimes with deadly consequences.
Some potential life-saving tips that may help you survive a crowd surge or a situation where there is a large number of panicked people in a small space from the ER physician:
Get your arms up - This will help you to continue to breathe and possibly avoid asphyxiation.
Go with the flow - Dr. Slaughter says fighting against the movement of the crowd is likely not possible and saving your energy is vital.
Try to stay upright - Focus on your center of gravity and avoid falling down if at all possible.
Avoid hard surfaces - Dr. Slaughter explains walls and barriers can be very hazardous and even possibly deadly during a crowd surge.