With many of us grounded this year due to flight restrictions and Covid-19 concerns, more of us than ever are planning staycations or hoping to take our annual vacation without leaving the country. There are lots of pros to a staycation and enjoying your time off work in your home country. You’ll get to experience new and exciting places you’ve never visited before, you’ll still get to eat great food, make some wonderful memories and spend some much needed time away from work.
But much like any holiday, you’ll still need to complete some simple checks before you book anything and part with your hard-earned cash. Just because you’re travelling just a few short hours away, doesn’t mean you’re exempt from vacation disasters, injuries and the holiday from hell.
When you’re booking your accommodation, it’s easy to focus on the price and the facilities. However, it’s just as important to consider all the safety aspects of a holiday home, to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoys their break. Want to know more? Read on for what to check before you book your holiday accommodation.
Having your own pool is a wonderful thing. However, pool accidents and drowning are one of the leading causes of accidental death, especially in children. Click the link to speak to a Leesburg personal injury lawyer. If you have young children, it’s important to check if your accommodation has a fence around the pool or a pool cover for safety. Is there safety equipment available? Such as a pool hook, ring and a pool ladder?
Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your children are safe around water, however renting accommodation with stringent pool safety measures in place is always helpful.
Whether you’re in an apartment, lodge or a caravan, there should be adequate smoking alarms in all areas of the property. There should also be fire safety equipment such as fire blankets, extinguishers and an evacuation plan available.
Carbon monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide is incredibly dangerous. It’s a silent killer, which can leak from heat sources such as BBQs, boilers, fireplaces, lanterns and even grills. Therefore carbon monoxide alarms should be placed throughout the property for your safety.
Slip and trip hazards
It’s not always to gauge how hazard-free a property is before you get there, however, you can enquire if the property is well lit and if the external paths and patio areas are free of uneven areas and broken stones which may cause trips and falls.
And finally…deep cleaning
Due to Covid-19, its never been more important to ensure that your holiday accommodation has updated their cleaning practices and is thoroughly deep cleaning all areas. For peace of mind – ask!