Monday, May 18, 2015

Parents Line Up In Dozens For Free Private School Admission

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Dozens of parents are lining up in Jersey City, New Jersey -- with some even camping out for over 48 hours -- "to secure one of 90 free (that is, state-paid) 'first come, first served' pre-K spots for their 3-year-olds at Concordia Childhood Learning Center," according to The private preschool program is one of the best in the state, coveted for its unique and exemplary practices. For instance, many parents happily note the school's collaboration with St. Joseph's School for the Blind and its devotion to teaching children about volunteering and giving back while they are still young.

The race for the pre-paid pre-K admissions, most likely a good cause, demonstrate an important thing: If people want or need something badly enough, they will wait in long lines for it -- and sometimes for a very long time, too. There are some ways businesses can encourage this orderly behavior and make it easier on their customers, clients, or patrons:

Keep Lines Orderly
Simple crowd control barriers, such as retractable rope barriers, safety fences and barriers, and stanchions, go a long way to keep lines orderly. These barriers prevent an unruly mob or large, disorganized crowd from developing, and that's important -- given that it can take half an hour to wait in line at the post office or bank, for example. Making sure that a line is truly that -- a line (one person in front of the other) will make things easier for customers and businesses alike.

Whenever Possible, Add A Bit Of Interest
People do leave lines, however. In a survey, 88% admitted that they have given up on a particularly long and grueling line, and those who regularly take public transportation overestimate wait times -- their boredom leading them to assume they have been in line up to 50% longer than they really have. To prevent this from happening, keep it interesting. There is a reason the lines at Disney World and Universal aren't perfectly straight and, instead, snake around corners and through buildings. This keeps people interested. Adding television monitors is another option. Relevant programming or -- as for mass transit, posting arrival and departure times -- can make wait times go by much faster.

Safety fences and barriers are there for a reason. An orderly line keeps businesses running efficiently, and small elements (such as TV monitors) can add a bit of interest and keep lines moving.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Music Festivals Ban Selfie Sticks

crowd control products If you are especially fond of taking selfies with selfie sticks, you may want to sit down. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), several popular music festivals, including big names like Coachella or Lollapalooza, have banned the devices from their grounds. While some may reasonably assume any bans suggest a safety issue, Coachella offers up another reason: Selfie sticks are, according to the festival website, "narcissisticks." Of course, others maintain that they are unsafe to carry and use in densely-packed crowds.

Selfie sticks aren't the only things on music festivals no-go list. Keep these other safety essentials in mind for your next festival:

"Going It Alone" Is Not An Option
Any major entertainment or sports event, including music festivals, can attract as many as 70,000 people! Although many of these events have ample security, it is never a good idea to strike out on your own in a crowd that large. Go with friends. Select three meeting times per day. Designate when and where you will meet at these times, should you be split up. Keep phones on at all times, and check phones settings if you are in particularly remote locations. Many carriers have modes that still allow you to receive emergency calls and texts, even if your phone does not have a signal.

Safety Barriers And Crowd Control Products Are There For A Reason Site safety barriers, such as retractable rope barriers and crowd control barriers, are only there for your safety. Yes, waiting in line can be unpleasant. In fact, Americans spend two years of their lives waiting in line and just about everyone (88%) will give up on lines with a particularly long wait. Even so, be respectful and courteous of fellow festival-goers. Stay within the lines of crowd control products, whether you are waiting in line or walking to and from stages. At night, it is particularly important to stay within fenced-in areas instead of wandering off.

When it comes to music festivals, bans, rules and regulations, and strongly recommended pieces of advice are almost always there for your safety. Avoid poking your fellows (don't bring banned selfie sticks!), stay within designated or fenced-in areas, and have a reliable buddy system in place.