Experiencing other parts of the world can be a fantastic thing, but there is nothing worse than being injured while abroad. If this has happened to you, call Accident Advice Helpline to get the best advice on being injured in a fire abroad.
Fire safety while abroad
While you are travelling abroad, it is important to remember that fire safety standards in other countries may not be to the same as those in the United Kingdom. When you are staying abroad, there are a few simple things you can do in order to prevent injury in a fire:
- Check whether your dwelling has adequate safety measures in place, such as smoke detectors and fire alarms.
- Check what other safety measures the building you are staying in has in place, such as fire extinguishers and emergency exits.
- Make sure you have at least two exits in order to have a way out in case of a fire.
- Brush up on your fire safety practices, such as staying low and checking doors for heat before opening them.
- Program the local emergency number into your mobile phone.
- Take the necessary precautionary steps yourself. If you are staying somewhere for a longer period, install your own smoke detector and buy a small fire extinguisher.
Remember that fire safety is important, even while you are travelling. Following the above steps could mean the difference between life and death.
The most common fire-related injuries are smoke-inhalation injuries and burns. Both can have severe and even life-threatening consequences. Smoke inhalation can lead to breathing problems such as wheezing and coughing. It can also cause confusion and sleepiness and even lead to vomiting.
Burns are generally grouped into one of three categories:
- First degree burns: These are the most minor burns and are usually superficial.
- Second degree burns: These are more severe and affect deeper layers of the skin. If more than 10% of the body is burned with second degree burns, the victim can go into shock.
- Third degree burns: These type of burns affect the muscles and ligaments and will often destroy the nerves. They are severe and may require skin grafts in order to heal.
Injured in a fire abroad advice from Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured in a fire abroad, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. The money awarded could compensate you for the costs of medical treatment received abroad, repatriation costs and any medical expenses you may have incurred once back in the United Kingdom. Often victims of accidents abroad are reluctant to pursue compensation claims because the prospect seems too daunting. Contacting an expert solicitor will greatly simplify the process for you. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of skilled lawyers that are well practised in dealing with claims for accidents while abroad.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 180 4123 and let our experienced solicitors take your claim forward and get you the compensation that you are entitled to.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown