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Holiday Healthcare & Safety | Safety and Local Standards

The safety standards and regulations, which apply overseas are those of the country concerned. Often, regrettably, they cannot reach the same levels as the UK. Because of this the general standard of safety, hygiene, fire precautions, etc. can be lower than those which we have come to expect in the UK, and the authorities in the countries concerned may not have adequate power or resources to monitor and enforce standards. We suggest you familiarise yourself with fire escapes and always check the depth and exits of swimming pools before swimming. Upset stomachs can be caused by the change in climate or drinking ice cold drinks, and are not necessarily due to local hygiene or food preparation standards. Sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS) are a serious threat to health throughout the world. Exercise caution and seek immediate medical attention if you think you have been infected. It is unwise to have your skin pierced or to have tattoos. Rabies is also a serious hazard so avoid touching animals, especially wild or stray ones. Remember the sun is more powerful than in the UK so take care not to expose yourself or your children. Use protective creams and drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to replace body fluids. Wear approved sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays and a sun hat. We suggest you keep a note of any significant medical condition you may have and details of any medication you are taking. Pack a small first aid kit and carry with you during your holiday.


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