There are numerous associated dangers of walking on hot sand. Failure to take heed of them can quickly result in a painful injury on holiday and a ruined trip.
Of course, residents of Britain are not exactly used to dealing with the challenge of hot sand. No matter how good the weather gets, the sands on our coastlines never get too hot to handle.
This is not the case abroad. Indeed, in some of the most popular holiday destinations, it’s a common problem. Spain, Greece and Portugal are just three examples of popular holiday spots that experience roaring hot sun, and piping hot sand.
What are the main dangers of walking on hot sand?
Let’s start with the obvious – burnt feet. Even if you aren’t walking barefoot, you are still at risk. It’s safe to assume that, on a beach trip, you won’t be wearing trainers or proper shoes. Most likely, you’ll be wearing flip flops or sandals.
These offer precious little protection to hot sand. Indeed, they can actually make the situation worse. Hot sand trapped between the soles of your feet and the soles of your shoes can be extremely painful.
Furthermore, it’s not just your feet that you need to worry about. Stepping on hot sand can give you a nasty shock and easily lead to a stumble. Suffering a trip or a fall on hot sand puts other areas of your body at risk. This is especially precarious for hands, knees and other body parts typically used to break a fall.
How can I avoid getting hurt whilst walking on hot sand?
The first step to avoid holiday injuries from walking on hot sand is to know where you are going. Typically, hot sand beaches will be described as such in guidebooks, so you can prepare yourself.
Whilst proper walking shoes might not look the most elegant, they will at least provide proper protection. You can always change once you reach your chosen spot.
Finally, always have some cold water to hand to help your feet cool off. Soothing creams are also a good idea.
Sometimes, getting burns from hot sand cannot be helped. However, other holiday accidents may be the result of negligence from hotel staff or tour operators.
In these cases, remember that you may be due holiday injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (mobiles) for more information.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice