How to Avoid Accidents During Travel

According to World Health Organization (WHO) travellers are more likely to be killed by accidental injuries than by infectious diseases. Thus it’s important to exercise safety while travelling abroad to prevent mishaps.

GENERAL ADVICE

  1. Check Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for travel safety warnings.
  2. Be aware of the local rules and regulations of the place you’re travelling to.|
  3. Ensure travel insurance includes cover for accidents, emergency medical treatment and repatriation.
  4. Store important details such the photocopy of passport and travel tickets on a secure data storage site.
  5. Keep a trusted person well informed about your itinerary, contact and stay details
  6. Carry contact details of family members in case of emergency.

ROAD ACCIDENTS

  1. Avoid driving in low and middle income countries. They have the highest rate of RTA
  2. Always wear a seatbelt.
  3. Hire marked taxis with drivers who know the local area well.
  4. Be aware of the road rules, traffic regulations, vehicle maintenance requirements and the condition of roads of country(s) you intend to drive in.
  5. Research informal rules of the roads
  6. Avoid driving after consuming alcohol or when tired or stressed
  7. Before hiring a vehicle check the condition of the tyres (including spare), lights, breaks and seatbelts to try and ensure it is road worthy.
  8. Avoid using motorcycles and mopeds for transport.

 DIVING

  1. Check warnings about tides, dangerous rip current.
  2. Avoid swimming or diving near rocks, piers, breakwaters or corals
  3. Beware of venomous aquatic animals
  4. Beware of potential disease vectors e.g. fresh water snails

Precautions

  • Follow safety advice of lifeguard, coast guard
  • Check warning flags and signs

SWIMMING

  1. Avoid swimming alone, in dark or when closed
  2. Check the rules and depth of the pool
  3. Do not run around the pool edge
  4. Avoid diving if the depth is less than 1.5m
  5. Never swim after a meal or after consuming alcohol, drugs

 

BALCONIES

  1. Avoid using balconies when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  2. Never sit, lean or pass things over the balcony railing.
  3. Never attempt to jump into a swimming pool from a balcony.
  4. Never climb from one balcony to another.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Travelers must be aware of:

  1. Normal voltage and frequency of the electricity supply in the UK is 230v and 50Hz.
  2. Electricity supply voltage variation is between 100v and 240v worldwide.

FIRE SAFETY

Awareness

  1. Check the nearest escape route of buildings such as hotels, museums or shopping malls that you enter.
  2. Ensure stairwells and doors are not blocked
  3. Read fire instruction notices
  4. Identify the location of fire alarms
  5. Avoid situations where overcrowding is likely.

In Event of Fire

  • Evacuate immediately
  • Use the staircase
  • Raise the alarm if possible.
  • Close doors behind you.
  • Go to an assembly point clear of the building

ADVENTURE SPORTS

  1. Ensure you are fully trained in the skills required for the adventure sport you are undertaking.
  2. Check the condition of the equipment being used.
  3. Ensure that you have adequate medical insurance in place that covers you for the adventure sport you intend to participate in.