Weather events as a result of wind speed can be a serious threat to the safe operation of an event or an attraction.
Gusts, microburst, straight-line winds, etc. can wreak havoc on most temporary structures and attractions.
As planners, established policies and procedures need to be in place to address the monitoring of weather, announcements, movement of people (shelters or closure), cessation of activities/attractions, removal of equipment and more.
The process of monitoring and alerting of weather related conditions needs to be continuous and proactive.
It does not take much… as an example: Many 10×10 tents need to be collapsed in 15 mph winds and most inflatables (bounce houses, obstacle courses) must be deflated at 20 mph.
Event professionals and attraction/venue operators have an obligation to staff, vendors, and patrons to inspect premises and equipment prior to permitting use of the facilities, devices or the experiences provided.
Inspections are an on-going and dynamic activity considering the environment is ever-changing.
Use qualified staff to conduct your inspections and document your process thoroughly.
When in doubt… reach out and seek assistance in your planning.
Ziplines are all the rage… especially for team building events and eco-driven-tourism—not to mention… thrill seekers.
As a result, new zipline operators are opening up to meet the growing demand and capitalize on the frenzy.
Since 2001, ziplines have soared from 10 locations to well over 200 in the U.S.
Several high profile deaths and numerous injuries have resulted from ziplining in recent years; many, if not all, were avoidable.
Currently, about 9 states have regulations concerning ziplines.
That is no excuse though for not providing a safe operation.
When planning an event, only use operators that are compliant with ACCT and ASTM on ziplining/challenge courses.
Visit the site prior to and get a feel for the operation—compare against multiple operations.
Planning an event includes safety.
Safety Signage is vital to the success of an event or the operation of an attraction/venue.
Unfortunately, most events overlook, underutilize, or take liberties with the creativity of safety signage at events.
When developing safety signage, most fail to adhere to established standards regarding the development of safety signage.
ANSI Z535 is a safety sign standard that addresses the formats, colors, and symbols for safety signs used in environmental and facility applications.
ANSI has a hazard chart that assists you in determining the level of the hazard (Danger, warning, caution, notice).
Next time, consult the standard and properly inform and warn your staff, patrons and vendors.
Lightning can be an event planner’s worst nightmare, especially true for outdoor events.
About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year; a 1 in 3000 chance of being struck in the U.S. in your lifetime.
Did you know… you can be struck by lightning from 10 miles away, with blue skies overhead?
How are you monitoring the weather?
What is your contingency plan?
Standing under a tall tree to take shelter does not count!
Think about it!