Health and Safety
I know, I know. Boring right?
But take it from someone who suffers in costumes frequently.
Your maker is NOT responsible for you overheating or any injuries you may receive when in suit, it is 100% your responsibility to prevent that from happening. This page will discuss ways in which you can make your costume experience that much safer.
Health and Safety is such a vital part of costuming, whether it be fursuiting or cosplay. You've all seen people passing out at events and being carried out by paramedics right?
Well, those paramedics don't care about your costume or how expensive it was. Their job is to look after YOU and keep you safe... they absolutely WILL cut you out of your costume if need be.
Don't let that be you!
Staying Safe in Cosplay:
RULE 1: EAT
-Just as you would before any other form of exercise, you have to eat to supply your body with enough energy. This will keep you active for longer.
RULE 2: DRINK WATER
It is vital that you drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Dehydrating and overheating are two very real issues for costumers, this can be avoided by taking regular breaks and drinking water frequently.
energy and fizzy drinks can be good for a quick energy boost throughout the day but do not rely on these entirely as they will not replace the volume of water lost through sweating.
RULE 3: STOP. TAKE BREAKS.
Take regular breaks throughout the day regardless of how good you feel.
Should you start feeling exhausted, too hot for comfort or sick… STOP.
-Take as much of your costume off as necessary.
Do not worry about "breaking the magic". Your health comes first!
(remember you are at a convention filled with costumers, they all understand how much strain it can put on your body and absolutely will not think of you badly for looking after your health)
- Get to a quiet area.
-Sit/ Lie Down.
-Rest for as long as you need.
COSTUMES AND PROPS CAN BE HEAVY! Armour in particular can be heavy, especially when made from worbla. Your body isn't used to wearing armour at all, never mind for an entire day. Don't push yourself. Take regular breaks. Take your costume off if you need to!
COSTUMES OFTEN HINDER MOVEMENT, vision and have parts that are larger than the human body (i.e wings, tails, extra arms, giant armour.... you get the idea). So be careful. Pay attention to stalls and people, its SO easy to knock things over and cause a general disaster.
TIP: Have handlers!
Handlers are an absolute necessity if you are wearing large costumes or have limited vision, but are especially important when costuming around the public or at a busy convention.
They are trusted people who are there to look after you throughout the day.
Their duties include:
-Keeping you hydrated
-Keeping you safe
-Interacting with the public on your behalf if your costume limits the way you interact
-Getting you to a safe place to de-suit if need be
Your handler is the Human equivalent of a Guide-dog.
It is important to have signs for your handler to look out for in different situations. These should always be shown to your handler before suiting up, this makes it easy for them to identify when you need help if your costume limits communication.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE CONVENTION GODS: SHOWER!
Shower before and after the event, you'll be a sweaty stinky pile of goop by the end of the day and NO ONE wants to smell you, especially if you let it all marinade overnight for the next day.
TIP: Deodorant is NOT a shower. I repeat. DEODORANT IS NOT A SHOWER!
EAT. *DRINK. TAKE BREAKS. HAVE A HANDLER.
*water not booze.