Crowded Bars, Clubs and Other Social Events


You were lucky to get in the most happening place around.  The crowd was wild and times were good.  It was a memorable night.  The place was so packed you couldn’t move around.  You couldn’t hear people talking.  Yelling was the only way you could communicate.  It was an event to remember.

In the back of your mind you were wondering “If an emergency occurred can I get to the exit?” Well maybe you weren’t thinking about getting out because after all you were having a great time. Just remember when you go to any establishment you should think about how to get to both exits if an emergency occurs.  Everyone is going to rush to the main entrance when a quick exit is needed.  You don’t want to be caught in a human pile when getting out is paramount.

The Fire Codes requires two exits from most buildings and spaces.  So when you go out don’t just look for the bathrooms.  Take the time to look for the secondary exit before you need it.  If you have children, make a game out of it.  It will give you something important to do while you are waiting to be served.  Have a designated person in your party find all the exits just like you have a designated driver.  If you don’t make it out when an emergency occurs the designated driver will be no good to you.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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