Balconies are a great place to relax and hang out with friends and family when you’re on holiday. But if you’re high up you need to take extra care particularly if you’ve been drinking or have children with you.
There have been a number of very serious accidents (some fatal, others life changing) as a result of holidaymakers falling from balconies, staircases and over low walls. Some of these have been due to poor safety standards where people have been staying but others have not.
And remember, it’s always worth giving a balcony (or any wall for that matter) a good shove before you lean on it to make sure it’s safe.
If you have children with you then you need to take a couple of extra precautions.
ABTA has produced a short video on keeping children safe on balconies.
Some popular holiday destinations have been looking at ways to reduce the incidents of balcony accidents. For example, in Majorca the Magaluf Hoteliers Association has advised its members to try and put young guests in ground-floor rooms when possible to avoid any accidents from falls. And they have put higher barriers on the front of balconies.
The local council has also ordered a barrier to be installed to restrict access to a block of apartments where there have been several balcony tragedies and told the owners to raise the height of barriers on walkways.
Other measures include crackdowns on offers for unlimited alcoholic drinks in hotels and fining touts who try to lure tourists into bars. Several Spanish councils have introduced controls on happy hours and pub crawls in a bid to reduce all-day and excessive drinking which often leads to accidents.
These companies have signed up to the Safer Tourism Pledge