If you were injured in a forest fire while away on holiday and require some forest fire abroad accident advice, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 180 4123.
What causes forest fires?
Forest fires in Europe have been on the rise. With climate change creating longer dry periods, forest floors become nothing more than tinder. Longer periods without rain turn the fallen leaves and twigs into kindling for a fire. Visiting countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece in the summer months can be dangerous. In the past, forest fires in these countries have led to injuries and even fatalities.
Forest fires spread in three ways:
- Jumping or spotting – this happens when burning leaves and branches get swept away by strong winds, spreading the fire.
- Crawling – spreading across the ground from bush to bush.
- Crowning – the fire spreads at a rapid pace across the tops of the trees. People mistakenly believe this to be less dangerous, but it can deprive the area underneath the fire of oxygen.
Avoiding forest fire accidents when abroad
If you do decide to visit a high-risk area during summer, the following advice will help you prevent injury in a forest fire accident:
- First and foremost, be aware of the risk, particularly when visiting a rural area.
- Avoid any actions that could cause fires. Most wildfires are caused by people and can also be prevented by people.
- If you are in a high-risk area, plan ahead. Take note of local emergency procedures and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.
- If you see an unattended fire, contact the appropriate local authority immediately.
- Never start a fire in a wooded area. If you do start a fire in a designated area, make sure that you completely extinguish the fire using water when done. Stir the ashes until everything is completely cold.
- Do not throw cigarettes, matches or any other smoking materials out of a car or anywhere near a wooded area.
If you do find yourself caught in a forest fire, do not try to outrun the blaze. Rather look for a body of water to crouch in. If you cannot find water, look for a depressed area with little vegetation and lie flat on the ground, covering yourself with wet clothing, a blanket or some soil. Stay here until the fire has passed. Breathing the air closest to the ground through a moist cloth can help protect your lungs.
Making a claim for a forest fire abroad accident
Call Accident Advice Helpline and let one of our experienced legal consultants give you the most accurate forest fire abroad accident advice. Our helpline is completely free and is available 24 hours a day. We will also be able to provide an expert lawyer to take your claim forward. All of our solicitors work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so starting your claim will not cost you anything either.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 180 4123 and let us help you claim the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown