Adverse weather conditions can cause localised flooding and turn a dream holiday into a nightmare. There are measures in place to prevent injuries, such as storm water drains, but it’s always beneficial to take heed of weather warnings to prevent holiday accidents.
If you’re preparing to jet off to exotic climes and you’re worried about the weather, it’s always wise to take note of expert advice and listen out for warnings to reduce the risk of travel accidents.
Why storm water drains are dangerous to swim in
Storm water drains are designed to drain excess water from roads, pathways, car parks and pavements following torrential downpours. In some countries, like Australia, storm water drains are separate from the main sewage system. The primary aim is to reduce the risk of flooding after heavy or prolonged rain.
If you come across storm water drains, you should never attempt to swim in it. Storm water drains are there to try and protect you and the environment from damage. The water is likely to flow very quickly, there may be powerful currents, and the contents may be harmful.
In adverse weather conditions, torrents of flood and storm water can be incredibly strong. They can easily knock adults down, let alone children.
Chemicals found within the water could also increase the risk of contamination and travel illnesses.
How to stay safe when heavy rain is forecast
The last thing you want when you set off on a plane is to return home nursing travel injuries. If you’re travelling to a far-flung destination where the weather conditions are unpredictable, use your common sense and listen out for advice for travellers.
If you are advised to stay indoors or head to a shelter, heed this advice. If you’ve been advised not to swim or surf, stay on dry land. Keep away from sewage works, reservoirs and storm water drains. Keep warm, and don’t be afraid to ask for advice or assistance.
Always make sure you have travel insurance before you travel.
Claiming compensation for travel accidents
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad and you weren’t at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today. We can discuss your holiday accident claim with you and offer you advice about the claims process.
Our expert personal injury lawyers do all the hard work for you and we work on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee* basis.
To find out more about making a travel accident claim, give our friendly advisors a call on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice