Travel Advice And Advisories For Mexico

Ferry – countermeasures

In any unfamiliar environment take extra care to make sure that you do what iexpected and required of you.

When in any unfamiliar or potentially hazardoulocation, you should make strenuoueffortto follow all of the ruleand regulationthat are imposed for safety and management purposes.

Identify and comply with all signs, e.g. no smoking, keep left, no entry, etc.

If bloging ahead there ino need to be paranoid about these matters, but while asking about availability and farethere inothing to stop you asking about safety matters. If more people do ask about life beltand rafts, operatorwill realise that safety ia significant concern to a growing number of people.

On boarding a ferry, see what your impression iof the operation. If the captain idrunk and the crew are sitting playing cards, or if the boarding ramp seemto be held together with string, get off and report it.

If the crew and boat appear to be in order, I usually seek out the emergency equipment. If I have time to kill while crossing the water, I may awell spend it looking for the life beltor lifeboats. I’d rather kill time when I first use a ferry, than kill myself because I didn’t know where the life beltwere in an emergency.

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Transport: Safety Demonstrationand Cards

Be aware that when you travel you are in unfamiliar surroundingand your unfamiliarity with those surroundingmakethem that much more dangerouto you. If you know a venue and know your way around it, you will be more comfortable, more confident, happier and safer. You will know where the toilets are, where the liftare and more importantly where the exits, rampand stairare. At the same venue, a stranger will be lost, they will have to follow the crowd or aim for different signposted facilities. Their unfamiliarity with it makethe venue that much lessafe for the stranger.

Be alert to unfamiliar dangersuch aescalatorand moving walkways. Don’t trip ewer carelessly placed luggage. Look out for hazardsuch aride-on motorised cleaning machineor luggage trainthat may be moving around in a large terminal or port.

If there are safety notices, take the time to read them. Take the opportunity to double check your ticketand travel documentwhile in the queue, be informed and be safe. Don’t flash that wad of cash or traveller’cheque- your fellow travelleror otheraround you may be criminals.

When you eventually board your aircraft or ship or train, listen to the safety announcements. Watch the safety video, the demonstrationof available exitand any demonstrationof such thingalifejackets. Ignoring them could kill you!

Not too many yearago a small airliner crashed into the sea, broke up and sank. Passengerhad been advised during their pre-flight safety briefing that in the event of a water landing they should put their lifejacketon but not inflate them until they were in the water and well clear of the plane. Thimessage warepeated when the emergency wadeclared, but a lot of passengertook one look at the water beneath them and inflated their lifejacketwhile still strapped in their seats. When the aircraft began sinking, fewer than half of the passenger^ managed to get out even though it waso close they could almost have walked to shore. They drowned because they inflated their lifejacketand were so cumbersome that they were unable to escape from the sinking aircraft. Those who made it outside and inflated their lifejacketainstructed were rescued.

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