Health Advice

Preventing Accidents

Nobody wants to spend part, or all, of their holiday in the local A&E rooms. However, accidents can happen wherever you are in the world so it’s best to be prepared for the worst and take some simple steps to avoid accidents as much as possible.

  • Records show there are more tourist deaths in road accidents or drowning incidents than from diseases contracted abroad! So make sure you are careful with swimming; don’t go too far out into the sea if you are not a confident swimmer.
  • Never drink alcohol before swimming. Even a couple of drinks can impair your judgments.
  • Remember many countries will not drive on the same side of the road as we do in the UK. Check this out before you travel so you can be prepared, particularly if you are hiring a vehicle yourself.
  • It's also worth remembering that a lot of the roads abroad are not as well kept as the roads in Britain. Many can be badly maintained and bumpy, and roads tend to be narrow and winding, so drive extra safely.
  • Some countries will use signs we are unfamiliar with within the UK. Swot up on local road signs if you are thinking of hiring a car.
  • Never drink alcohol before driving.
  • Always swim with others, keep check on tides, currents and strong winds.
  • Be careful when using a lilo at sea, as currents can change swiftly and could sweep the airbed out to sea. Although it may feel relaxing, make sure you do not drop off on a lilo at sea! If you feel tried, take to the beach or by the pool instead.
  • Allow at least one hour after eating a large meal before taking to the sea or pool.
  • Always look for emergency exits and check balconies and first aid arrangements on arriving at your chosen accommodation.
  • Make sure you are aware of fire exits.