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    Outlining potential dangers Down Under

    Australia is a country unlike any other in the entire world, there are many potential dangers you may be unaware of. Few other destinations can claim to boast such vibrant, diverse cities, spectacular natural beauty and endlessly fascinating wildlife.

    Amongst this heady cocktail, however, lie numerous dangers. Accidents on holiday can instantly turn the trip of a lifetime into an unforgettable nightmare. Here are some safety essentials for exploring down under.

    Avoiding potential dangers on holiday – The climate

    The Australian sun burns extremely brightly for most of the year. In fact, travelling injuries and illness can even be caused when the sky appears to be cloudy. Keep covered up with shirts, hats and liberal and frequent applications of sun cream – factor 30 or over. Protect your eyes with reliable and effective sunglasses.

    The sun shines brightest during the middle of the day so find shady spots for these times and make sure you’re taking plenty of fluids on board.

    Avoiding a travel accident compensation claim – Beach and bush

    The threat of bush fires in Australia is ever-present from late-spring through to the end of summer are huge potential dangers. It’s important to make yourself aware of any potential risks through local media and comply with any rules laid down for the area. Always ensure any fires are totally extinguished with water.

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    The sparkling waters that line Australia’s cost often hide numerous dangerous currents. Swim only between the designated flags and always ensure you have company.

    Travelling injuries – Animals

    Both under the sea and on land, Australia is home to all manner of weird and wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, many of these animals can pose very real dangers. Attacks by sharks and crocodiles are extremely rare, but tend to be fatal when they do occur. Pay attention to signs and directions to ensure your safety and prevent a holiday injury.

    On land, protective footwear while trekking through certain areas can limit the likelihood, impact and severity of bites. As ever, common sense is also an important factor in keeping safe and avoiding the need for a holiday accident claim.

    Other safety tips include:

    –  Having a robust and suitable vehicle, complete with GPS and two spare tyres for travelling through remote areas.

    –  Having extra supplies of food and water.

    –  Using local guides and sticking to tracks when trekking.

    –  Check your mobile phone provider for coverage in remote areas.

    Should disaster strike, travel accident compensation may well be due and the experts from Accident Advice Helpline are there to assist you 24/7.

    Date Published: November 5, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Accident abroad

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