Using Facebook To Avoid Holiday Accidents

Avoid Holiday AccidentsSocial media is great way of keeping in touch with friends and family on holiday, but social media sites like Facebook can also help holidaymakers avoid holiday pitfalls like slips, trips and falls.

The most common type of holiday accident is a road accident, with more holidaymakers being injured through driving abroad or getting injured as passengers or pedestrians.

There is good advice online about driving abroad from a range of sources, such as Wikihow.com (http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Car-Accidents) – which offers general advice about how to Avoid Car Accidents and links to driving sites offering advice on rest breaks and what to eat while driving to stay alert.

The RAC and AA also offer a wealth of advice on driving abroad – and all these sites have Facebook pages which you can access for up-to-date driving tips to stay safe while driving abroad.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) also gives driving updates on its Facebook page for drivers abroad, so check regularly for news of any road or weather conditions which might prove hazardous on the journey.

The government’s website DirectGov also offers motoring advice and has a Facebook page which is updated regularly.

Slips, trips and fall on holiday, swimming pool and balcony accidents are also common holiday accidents which sadly leave many holidaymakers disabled and can even prove fatal.

DirectGov and NHS Direct can offer safety and holiday health advice before you depart for your break and also while you are on holiday.

Using Facebook to help you stay safe on holiday also means you can post any questions online for other users and the website itself – and also post images of any dangers at your hotel such as badly maintained public areas which might cause an accident.

NHS Direct is also currently running a Recovery Position Campaign to make sure as many people as possible know what is the correct position for an accident victim or individual having a fit or who has collapsed, in order to prevent them from swallowing their tongue or choking. If you suspect the victim has spinal or head injuries or a fracture, make them as comfortable as possible and loosen any tight clothing, before leaving them to the professional medics, however.

Head injuries should be kept cool if possible – medics now often pack the heads of stroke patients in ice, for example, to try and limit any damage to the brain. Bags of ice or frozen vegetables can be gently placed round the head to help keep the brain of an injured patient cool until help arrives. (See info at http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/head_injury.html and http://www.livestrong.com/article/13360-treat-stroke-patients/ – both sites have Facebook pages also)

Facebook also has other campaigns which holidaymakers can join to push for more safety on holiday – after the Costa Concordia Cruise tragedy, We Want a Million Likes For Cruise Holiday Safety was set up, for example.

Sadly safety in numbers does not always apply to holidaymakers, so keep in touch with organisations who can advise and help you – many firms of holiday claims solicitors also now have Facebook pages and offer free advice on how to avoid holiday accidents and what to do if you are injured abroad, so make sure you say connected through Facebook while you are away.

An Accident on Holiday can ruin a trip abroad. But you can claim compensation to make up for the loss of enjoyment.

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