One of the fastest growing forms of holiday accommodation is self-catering. There are many benefits to self-catering over traditional holiday accommodation and in the case of families with small children these revolve around better value for money and keeping the entire party close together. If you are considering self-catering holiday be it in the UK or anywhere else for that matter, we have put together a number of health and safety tips originating from years of hands on experience.
Plan Well – Although self-catering are in reality holiday homes, the level of spec will vary between properties. If you have special requirements such as a need for a sleeping cot, feeding high chair and other aids which are hard to carry, be sure to address your needs with the holiday home owners so these can be sourced prior to your arrival. If you intend to hire a car when you arrive, either bring a child seat with you or inform the hire company of your requirement in good time.
When You Arrive – First thing to do is to inspect the property and nearby area such as the garden. Although owners spend the time between occupancies to maintain the property it is highly recommended to familiarise yourself with the property and note down any concerns you might have. In particular pay attention to the following:
- All the doors and windows lock
- There are no exposes wires or pipes (at the garden)
- There are no wet areas on the floor
- The property is clean (for hygienic safety)
If you have little ones running around and you are at the stage of child proofing everything, bring some corner table pads, electric socket covers and other proofing items that you use at home. These are easy to carry and often lack in holiday homes.
The Pool Area – One of THE biggest attractions of holiday homes in warm countries is enjoying an onsite private pool. If your self-catering villa or cottage benefits from a private pool, be sure to follow the following suggestions:
- Prior to its first use, note where the flotation aids are
- Never ever allow its use without the supervision of an adult member
- Discourage eating or drinking while using the pool
- If the pool has shallow and deep areas, naturally ensure that children congregate in the shallow areas
- You are strongly recommended to discourage running or jumping into the pool
- The pool should be supervised even when not in use when children play in its surrounding area
- If a child in missing you should first look at the pool area before any other
- When possible and if the option is present, cover the pool area when not in use
Travel Insurance – In the absent of valid travel insurance, healthcare costs should you require them will cost a small fortune. Never travel without a valid policy for you and for your family. In the case of self-catering holiday, you should also ensure that the policy covers content insurance to cover any accidental damage to the property during the stay.
Enjoy your holiday. Come back home relaxed and in good health.