Health and safety

Renting a house for your holidays, particularly abroad, means having to deal with sometimes very different health and safety regulations than those you might be used to.

To avoid unpleasant mishaps and the holiday becoming a stressful experience, VaReHo provides you with a complete series of recommended practical advice to ensure you the best possible journey and stay in the holiday house you booked.

1. Indoors

  • Once settled in your holiday home, if there is a notice with the instructions to follow in case of fire and location of the fire extinguishers, then locate it. If there are no precise instructions, try to plan the quickest and safest way of evacuating the accommodation.
  • Keep the phone numbers of the fire service, police and ambulance service to hand.
  • Familiarize yourself with the balconies of your holiday house, never sit on the railings and don’t lean over them, especially after drinking alcohol.
  • Always be very careful not to slip on the bathroom floor, in the shower or in the bath, especially if you are wet and there are no anti-slip mats.
  • Take care of the windows and French doors, check the doors and locks.
  • Generally be careful when using the domestic and electrical appliances. If you have brought something from home we recommend using special adaptors and converters for the local voltage.
  • If your holiday home has a gas oven, always turn it off once you have finished cooking and turn off the gas switch when not in use, to prevent possible leaks.
  • Find a suitably safe place to keep your valuables, preferably in a safe-box if the holiday home has one.
  • Always ventilate the rooms, a good circulation of air is synonymous with good health.
  • Remember to close doors and windows of the holiday home when you leave and at night, while you are sleeping, just like at home.

2. Outdoors

  • If you have rented a holiday home with a pool or an apartment in a complex with a pool, be aware there will almost certainly not be a life guard. For this reason assess the shape and height of the pool very carefully before diving in, especially if you are not an expert swimmer. Avoid swimming right after eating and drinking, don’t walk or run too near to the edge to avoiding slipping.
  • When you get to the beach check straight away if there is a lifeguard service or danger warning system. Find out about the condition of the sea, the weather, the wind and currents. Don’t venture out into open sea without assistance. Always use adequate sun protection and don’t go out in the sun in the hottest part of the day.
  • If you have decided on a holiday in the mountains, be careful during the excursions to use high-protection sun cream and strong sunglasses, don’t go alone into areas you don’t know, and don’t stray from marked trails; bring adequate equipment with you, a lot of liquid and a first-aid kit for insect and viper bites. Always keep an eye on weather conditions. If you are holidaying in the snow ensure you have adequate equipment and warm clothes, don’t venture out on too difficult pistes or off-piste routes and moderate your speed.
  • It is good practice not to carry valuable objects and too much cash, especially in crowded places. Always keep an eye on your camera, video camera, rucksack and bags.
  • Be very careful of food and drinks that you buy and eat. Standards of hygiene vary from country to country and, even if it is definitely tempting to sample and cook local produce, make sure it is in good condition, fresh and hygienic. Don’t drink anything if you don’t know where it comes from; preferably use bottled drinks or sealed packages.

3. Travelling by car

  • Familiarize yourself with the driving regulations in the country you are visiting. Always drive carefully, with road maps or sat nav systems.
  • Always fasten your safety belt.
  • On long journeys or if you expect heavy traffic, remember to take snacks and drinks with you, perhaps in a freezer bag if it is very hot.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before or while driving.
  • Take car sickness pills with you, if you suffer from this condition.

4. Travelling by plane

  • Remember that international regulations for airport security have recently become very strict. Make sure your hand luggage does not contain liquid exceeding the permitted levels or blunt or sharp objects. Be prepared to pass through the metal detector and body scanner and, in some cases, also to leave your fingerprints.
  • Once on board the plane, try to make yourself comfortable, drink plenty of liquids and especially for long journeys, get up and walk around a few times to stretch your legs. You can also do some exercises sitting down to keep up circulation in your lower limbs. If you suffer from cervical conditions you might find one of the special pillows to support your neck useful.

5. Keep an eye on the children

  • A new house can make children very curious, so we recommend going around the house to check any possible dangers and point them out to children.
  • Don’t leave chairs or tables near balcony railings or windows, to stop children from climbing onto them.
  • If the building has a lift, don’t let children use it unaccompanied and be careful of the lift’s closing doors.
  • Check children near the pool, don’t let them run along the edge and keep an eye on them when they are swimming.
  • On the beach make sure your children always have hats and high-protection sun cream on, don’t let them play on the seashore or swim alone.
  • When biking, skiing or skating make sure children always wear adequate protection.
  • Accompany them and keep an eye on them in the playground.
  • When travelling by car make sure they are always sitting on special seats and ensure that their safety belts are properly fastened.

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