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Festival Survival Guide: Noise and Special Effects

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High sound levels can do serious permanent damage to your hearing! Don't stick your head in the bass speaker bins until your ears bleed! and if you think you have hearing damage do get yourself some medical advice as soon as you get home.

The smoke, fog and vapour from special effects units used on stage should not cause you any problems but strobe type lighting effects can cause epileptic fits in those who suffer from flicker sensitive epilepsy - venues will announce if they are using this so you will have time to get yourself away from the potential problem.

Lasers and Ultra Violet lighting are the two remaining effects that cause problems, so don't go looking directly into the beam of a laser or you may suffer eye damage and U.V. lighting can cause skin problems like sun burn.

The conditions listed here are very rare indeed and control systems are usually in place, the main control is keeping people at a safe distance and issuing warnings. Perhaps the most serious problem originates with strobe type lighting so take notice of any warnings given or displayed.

 
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Noise and Special Effects
Festival Survival Guide Index
Part 1. The Safeconcerts Festival Survival Guide
Getting the best from your festival experience
Part 2. Preparation
Some important stuff to do before you're ready to go
Part 3. Security and Stewards
On site security and stewards - what you should know
Part 4. On Your Way
What to do en route and on arrival
Part 5. Your Stuff
How best to keep it safe
Part 6. Pitching Your Tent
Some useful tips for your temporary home
Part 7. Your Body
Keep it safe - it's yours and you have choices
Part 8. Keeping Clean
Not easy but perfectly possible
Part 9. Your Clothes
Keep cool, warm and dry and still keep your cred!
Part 10. Drugs and Alcohol
Be wise, be safe, take care
Part 12. Camp Fires
Not a good idea, why?
Part 13. Toilets
Infamous - can you survive them?
Part 14. Children at Festivals
Fun for all the family?
Part 15. Crowd Safety at Festivals
Keeping safe in a dense crowd - crowd surfing and moshing

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