Ever since the tragic case of Madeleine McCann, going on holiday has been a tense time for many parents. Although there are always dangers involved in travelling to any completely new environment, there is plenty you can do to ensure that your little ones are safe no matter where you go in the world.
Dangers for little children on holiday
The primary dangers for young children on holiday are usually far more innocuous than child-snatching strangers. Most hotels have balconies, for example, which children from the UK are unused to dealing with. They may not know not to balance on the edge or try to climb down onto the balcony underneath. If you have very young children, it’s best not to have a balcony. If that’s not an option, then it’s best not to let them go on the balcony at all without supervision.
Supervision is in fact the most important part of protecting your children on holiday. There is a tendency, when on holiday, to simply relax and perhaps let the kids go and play out of sight. Always bear in mind that hotel swimming pools are often completely unsupervised, and that kids can very easily get lost in a new and unfamiliar environment. It’s always a good idea to attach a ‘tag’ to your child with information about where your hotel room is and a phone number they can call if they do get lost.
If you’re going on a beach holiday, the sea also presents a danger. Before letting them go in the sea, make sure that your kids are strong swimmers and that they understand only to swim in the designated swimming areas. Make sure there’s always a lifeguard present to deal with any emergencies, and that any water sports are properly supervised.
Injuries received on holiday
If a member of your family has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you’d like to find out more, simply call the Accident Advice Helpline. The Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which is personally endorsed by TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen. It was set up to help victims of negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to, with the minimum of hassle. In most cases, claimants don’t have to attend court themselves, and all cases are conducted on a no win, no fee basis. For more information, call the Helpline today.Open Claim Calculator