If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to a far-flung exotic destination, it’s worth bearing a few health and safety tips in mind to keep you safe on board, prevent travel accidents, including DVT on long-haul flights, and ensure you are able to enjoy a well-earned sunshine break.
Safety on board the aeroplane
Long haul flights take you to incredible destinations, but they can be a little stressful and scary, especially for those who don’t like flying. If you’re travelling a long way this summer, here are some pointers to help to stay safe on board:
- pay attention to the safety briefings and make sure you are aware of the location of your nearest exit
- always wear your seat belt when the seat belt sign is illuminated by the captain
- avoid walking around when the seat belt sign is on
- keep aisles clear of obstructions to prevent slips, trips and falls
- take care when opening overhead lockers, as the bags may move about while flying
Avoiding deep vein thrombosis
The risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is increased by flying for a prolonged period of time, so it’s a good idea to take steps, literally, to reduce your chances of developing this potentially serious condition; these include:
- stretching your legs every half an hour with a walk up and down the aisle
- wearing flight socks
- exercising your legs in your chair; most airlines provide a sheet with examples of exercises, such as pointing your toes and moving the ankles in a circular motion
- stay hydrated
- take aspirin the night before and after your flight; this helps to thin the blood and prevent clotting
- seek medical advice as quickly as possible if you notice potential signs of DVT, such as pain, swelling and tenderness (usually in the calf of one leg), aching and warmth in the skin
Can I claim compensation for a travel accident?
Personal injury compensation is available for those who have been injured abroad through no fault of their own and the payout can help with unexpected travel and accommodation costs, medical care and any lost earnings, which result from taking time off work.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to find out more about no-win no-fee* personal injury claims and discuss your holiday accident claim with an experienced lawyer.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice