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Health and Safety

At The Travel Corner we take the issue of Health and Safety very seriously. We have compiled a list of information and advice which we recommend that you take time to browse in order to get the very best out of your holiday with us. Whilst we do everything we can to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your holiday, ultimately the care and safety of yourselves and all members of your group is your own responsibility.

Please read the following information and feel free to contact us if you would like anything clarified. We advise you to purchase your own travel insurance for peace of mind. Ensure you read the policy clearly and understand what you will be covered for in the unlikely event that unexpected circumstances arise.

 
  • Accommodation Safety

Balconies and Stairs:  On arrival at your accommodation, please take time to inspect the property and the general layout.  Some properties have stairs inside and out so check where stairs/steps are located and position of balconies, especially if you have young children with you.  Never leave chairs, or anything else that young children can climb on, alongside the balcony.  Do not leave children alone on the balcony. 

Fire Safety:  Read any safety instructions or manuals that you may find, including guidelines for fire safety.  Check location of any fire extinguishers or fire blankets. 

Electrical:  If you notice anything that appears unsafe, such as loose or apparently faulty electrical wiring, amongst other things, we advise you to contact our office as soon as possible, either by telephone or come directly to the office to report it.  Do not wait till the end of your holiday to report anything faulty.

Glass Doors and Windows:  Some doors and windows will not be made from toughened glass.  If you keep the doors and windows open please ensure they are secure, particularly on windy days. 

Bathroom Safety:   Most bathrooms in Corfu have tiled floors.  Please be careful when using the bath/shower as the floors can become extremely slippery.  Slip-proof rubber mats are not usually provided in the accommodation.

Whilst accommodation owners have to comply with Health and Safety regulations set out by Greek law, some standards and requirements can vary and are sometimes lower than those set in the UK and anywhere else

  • Children Safety

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the safety of infants and children, The Travel Corner cannot take responsibility for them.  We ask parents and guardians to remember that many things vary in Corfu compared to those in the UK or elsewhere and to keep this in mind at all times.  We offer the following advice:

Accommodation:  Never leave youngsters unattended in the accommodation, even for a short while.  Do not allow them to play on balconies alone and do not leave chairs etc. next to the balcony enabling a small child to climb onto the wall/railing.

Swimming Pools:  Do not leave young children or babies unattended anywhere around the pool area.  When you are in the accommodation ensure doors and windows are closed so inquisitive youngsters are unable to wander outside to the pool area.  On arrival, point out to children where the shallow and deep ends of the pool are.  Do not allow them to dive in.  Discourage children from running around the pool area especially when it is wet and slippery.

Beaches:  Not all beaches have lifeguards, do not leave young children unattended on the beach or in the sea.  Be extra vigilant if children are playing with lilos etc. especially on windy days. We advise children to wear protective beach shoes on the beach and in the sea.

Sun Protection:  Whilst in the sun we highly advise children to wear high factor, waterproof sun lotions, hats and t-shirts at all times.  Try to avoid the sun at its hottest, from around 12 noon till 3pm (especially June-Sept).  Spend plenty of time in the shade during these hours and drink lots of fluids.  Children can get dehydrated and sunburnt quickly and easily. 

Road Safety:  On arrival in resort please make yourself and children aware of the road system.  Many resorts operate a one-way system but some drivers (particular tourists unfamiliar with the system), drive up the wrong way.  Most of Corfu's resorts do not have pavements, therefore you must be extra careful when walking down the main roads. Children need to be aware that cars drive on the right in Corfu.   

Animals:  Corfu has its share of stray cats and dogs, some of which are very cute and appear very friendly.  However, we advise children not to approach or play with stray animals.  We can never be sure how friendly they actually are and most will not be inoculated against certain diseases and parasites.  Some shops have collection boxes for local animal charities which the children may like to contribute to, this ultimately helps the strays too.

Childrens' Playgrounds:   Whilst it is generally very safe to leave children to play we do advise you to stay and supervise your children in the playgrounds as you may find that some of the equipment is not as well maintained as that which you are used to at home.  Playgrounds in Corfu are not laid with special soft surfaces as they often are in the UK.   

  • Pool and Beach Safety

Swimming Pools:  Pool sizes and depths can vary greatly.  On arrival, familiarise yourself with the pool area and layout.  Check to see if there are any depth markings.  If not, make sure you and your group, especially children, are aware of the position of the shallow and deep ends.

Lifeguards:  There are no lifeguards on duty around any of the accommodation pools so it is very important to be extra vigilant particularly if you have children and/or weak swimmers in your group.  Do not leave them unattended at any time, even if you are just going into the apartment/villa for a short time.  When you are inside your accommodation ensure all doors, including balcony doors, are closed to prevent inquisitive infants or young children from wandering outside to the pool area.

Pool Cleaning:  All pools are cleaned and maintained regularly and chlorine levels are checked and adapted accordingly.  Extensive use of the pool can sometimes result in the water becoming cloudy, this can often be due to the use of sun protection products but occasionally can happen during a bout of rainy weather.  Do not use the pool if you cannot see the bottom, report it to us immediately.  Some people, particularly children, experience ear infections after prolonged use of  swimming pools.  This may not necessarily mean the chemical levels are wrong but please report it to the office so we can have it checked.  As a precaution we advise you to dry your ears well after using the pool to prevent water accumulating and becoming infected.  Alternatively, you may wish to bring special ear plugs with you for use in the pool.

Diving:  At The Travel Corner we operate a 'no-diving' policy for your own safety and for those around you.  Remember, there may be other people using the pool apart from yourselves as well as small children. 

Safety Around the Pool:  The area around the pool can get very wet and slippery and we advise you to encourage children (and adults) not to run around the pool side.  If you have drinks by the pool we advise you to use plastic cups as broken glass in a wet area is difficult to clean up and could cause injury.  

Sun Protection:  Your holiday can easily be ruined if you do not follow the basic rules for sunbathing and swimming.  There is plenty of time to get that longed-for tan but it is very important that you are sensible.  Always use water-proof, high factor sun lotions and re-apply regularly.  Do not spend hours at a time in the direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day, between the hours of 12 noon and 3pm and wear a hat at all times.  Remember, children will not do this for themselves, they will depend on you to do it for them.  Children should also wear t-shirts at all times. 

Swimming and Alcohol:   It is very dangerous to go swimming whilst under the influence of alcohol.  If you are spending time by the pool or beach and are consuming alcohol, it is very important for you and those in your group to be extra vigilant.  We do not advise you to drink alcohol by the pool or the beach.    

Swimming After Eating:  It is potentially very dangerous, even fatal, to swim soon after eating.  We advise you not to go swimming for at least 1 hour after swimming.

Swimming at Night:  We do not advise you to go swimming in the pool or in the sea after dark or at night.  If you are spending the evening by the pool or sea make sure you are in the company of others.  Please note that low lighting may not adequately light up the surrounding area. 

Sea and Beaches:  The beaches around Corfu are very safe for sunbathing and swimming.  There are no tides but for happy and safe bathing always be vigilant and keep a constant eye on children and weak swimmers.  Occasionally, some beaches can become quite windy in the afternoons so stay alert for changing conditions.

Lifeguards:  There is a limited number of beaches around the island that employ lifeguards.  If the beach you are on does have a lifeguard, this does not necessarily mean he/she will be on duty all day.  Do not rely on lifeguards. 

Lilos, Floats and BodyBoards etc:  Watch children in the sea at all times, especially when using any kind of water float, lilo or bodyboard.  They will keep the children amused for hours but are fun things and not specially designed to be used as life-saving devices.  Also, be extra vigilant if the weather turns rough or windy.

Beach Shoes:  On sandy or pebbly beaches we advise you to use protective beach shoes whilst in the sea and on the beach.  These will protect you from things such as sea urchins, which can often be found amongst the rocks in shallow areas.  If you tread on one and the spines go in your foot they can become infected. 

Diving From Rocks:  Many of Corfu's beaches have rock formations sloping into the sea and offer lots of fun for the holidaymaker.  Always be sure to check the depth before attempting to dive into the sea.

  • Road Safety

Roads:  In Corfu, as in the rest of Greece, all traffic drives on the right.  When you arrive in your resort ensure you make yourself and all members of your group, especially children, aware of this.

Pavements:  Generally, there are no pavements along the roads, only in Corfu Town.  In some places pavements have gradually started to appear but you will find that many do not span the entire resort.  Where there are pavements you should encourage your party to use them, especially children that may be out wandering alone.

Where there are no pavements, walk carefully along the side of the road but stay well in.  In some resorts there are bollards in place of pavements, in which case, walk within these to the side of the road.    Take extra care when vehicles pass or approach. 

Street Safety:  Be very cautious when walking down roads or crossing them.  Tourists unfamiliar with the area or not used to driving on the other side of the road, can make mistakes e.g. by driving on the wrong side or by going the wrong way up a one way street.  Make sure children are aware of this.

Car Hire:  If you hire a car, make yourself aware of the traffic regulations, speed limits etc.    Always wear a seat belt, it is the law.  It is also against the law to use mobile phones whilst driving.   Always approach traffic lights with caution. 

Scooters and Quad Bikes:  We do not recommend you hire these.  However, if you decide to, you should always wear crash helmets and ensure you are adequately insured.

  • Do's and Dont's

Happily, one of the huge advantages of coming to Corfu is that it has an extremely low crime rate and it is has a high reputation as being a very safe destination for people of all ages.  However, with thousands of people of all nationalities flocking to the island during the hot summer months we would like to offer the following advice for your own safety, general well-being and peace of mind.  At The Travel Corner we think it is better to be safe than sorry:

Travel Insurance:  Ensure you purchase a good travel insurance and read the policy carefully to make sure you are covered for all eventualities, medical or otherwise.

Accommodation Advice:  As previously mentioned, Corfu is a safe destination but it is always wise to be cautious.  Every time you leave your accommodation lock all doors and windows behind you.  Do not just pull the shutters together and leave the windows open to keep the room cool, make sure shutters and windows are secure. All of our accommodation has outside lights, please check these are working when you arrive and remember to switch one on when you leave the property to go out in the evenings.  This is important if your accommodation has any stairs or steps around it that may not be so obvious at night.  It may be a good idea to bring a small travel torch with you for the walk back to your accommodation at night or you may need it if there happens to be a power cut.  Luckily, these days this does not happen very often. 

Valuables:  We advise you to store valuables such as cash, travellers' cheques, passports and jewellery in safe deposit boxes.  You will be able to hire these for a small charge at our office in Kassiopi.  Throughout the season the office is open all day, every day. 

Alcohol:  The consumption of alcohol during the heat of the day can cause you to become dehydrated and it is much better to stick to water or fruit juices. 

Alcohol and Nightlife:  Drinking and partying is an important part of the holiday for many people but we advise you to keep an eye out for each other, during the evenings and into the night, especially if you are consuming more alcohol than usual. 

We advise you to stay together late at night, in unfamiliar surroundings you can easily get lost, especially if you have had too much to drink.  If any one of your group decides to go back to the accommodation it is advised that they are accompanied by others. 

Never leave your drinks unattended.