Is an event safer than the surrounding area?

Tat’ese: driving up the side of huge dunes, Saudi Arabia, Hail

As I was writing the Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook a statement came up a number of times at the meetings. “ an event has more injuries and therefore needs have more medical services than the surrounding area”       “The event site should be as safe as the neighborhood”

I know that is a vague, feel good statement.

Do they mean the surround area with the same number of people? Which is the argument from equivalence. I never found anyone with figures on this. In my limited experience my events were always safer, with far less incidents over the equivalent time span. It is a bit of a puzzle. Maybe I chose the wrong neighborhoods 🙂 Has anyone seen any figures or study on this?

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