If you’re embarking on a travel adventure this year, you may be thinking about packing, planning itineraries and vaccinations, but have you thought about dangerous animals you may encounter, such as scorpions?
If you’re travelling to an exotic country, you may come into contact with potentially dangerous creatures. In order to avoid travel accidents, it may be worth doing some research to learn more about animal bites and stings and take advantage of some survival tips.
What to do if you encounter scorpions
Scorpions are predatory creatures, which tend to live in hot, dry countries. They are often found scurrying about in the desert sands.
If you come across a scorpion, try not to antagonise it; the chances are that it will be more scared of you than you are of it. If you are camping in the desert, always check your sleeping bag and tent before you go to bed to make sure scorpions have not found their way in whilst you’ve been on an excursion.
If you do get stung by a scorpion, try not to panic, and seek medical advice. Symptoms of scorpion stings include:
- Pain, which will occur immediately after the sting
- Sensitivity in the area surrounding the sting
- Tingling sensation and numbness
Travel safety tips
If you are travelling abroad, it is important to try and reduce the risk of holiday accidents and travel injuries. Sometimes, its impossible to steer clear of accidents, but often, using your common sense and following health and safety guidelines can save you from being involved in accidents overseas.
Here are some basic travel safety tips, which may help to ensure that you return from your adventures unscathed:
- Always wear suitable clothing if you are hiking or visiting tourist attractions and natural wonders, such as caves, stone stacks, cliffs or gorges
- Plan your trip in advance
- Stick to the designated paths to avoid slips and trips
- Pay attention to warning signs and advice from local experts
- Take extra care if travelling in adverse weather conditions
- Always ensure food you buy is served piping hot; take extra care with seafood and poultry and ensure food is cooked through
- Never carry large amounts of cash on you and leave valuables in a safe
Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice