2.6 Safety at public events Health and safety considerations should be considered when organising events or talks and attending shows. At major shows the organisers usually circulate Health and Safety requirements to stand-holders. However, one should remain aware of specific risks around the stand, such as freestanding display boards, which can frequently fall over on uneven ground or on windy days. Electrical appliances should be shielded from any exposure to rain. When organising bat walks involving members of the public, carryout a short risk assessment of the proposed route and have a contingency plan in case of accident. Some landowners may require the submission of a risk assessment before giving permission for the event. BCT can provide risk assessment forms and guidelines for bat walks and events. • ensure that there is a sufficient number of torches amongst the group and people come wearing suitable clothing and footwear; CHAPTER 2 HEALTH AND SAFETY IN BAT WORK 28 • announce some basic safety considerations at the beginning of the walk and highlight any potential hazards along the route; • have a helper bringing up the rear, particularly with large groups; • do not let young children attend the walk unaccompanied; • know the location of the nearest telephone or carry a mobile telephone; • carry a basic first aid kit.