Spain’s Guardia Civil launch summer campaign for safer holidays

Photo of the town of Enix in Almeria. Credit: Google maps - Juan Mena.

THE Guardia Civil has launched a campaign, with the title Ten Hints, which seeks to encourage responsible behaviour while tourists and residents enjoy their well-deserved vacations.

They have produced 17 short video clips which look at safety for individuals and regard for the environment in public and holiday areas.

The advice has been placed in five different categories, all of which appear to be overlooked at times during the summer and when an element of holiday ‘excitement’ makes people forget the obvious. In addition to the actual advice, suggestions are made as to the specialist divisions of the Guardia Civil, who are responsible for different areas of policing.

Firstly, the organisation reminds holidaymakers of the importance of protecting the environment and animals. This includes not leaving dogs in hot cars without water and ventilation, individuals not throwing burning cigarette ends away (due to the strong possibility of starting a wildfire) and reminding all that rubbish of any type (including dog excrement) needs to be removed and disposed of properly.

The next topic covered is that of travel by road – which many people do – from holidaymakers travelling to second homes on the coast, to first time visitors driving hire cars. 

The most important advice is never drive having taken alcohol or drugs, use seat belts at all times, respect the speed limits and never text or use a mobile phone when driving.

Don’t make it easy for burglars, especially at home in this very hot weather, by leaving windows and doors open, (particularly when you are sleeping) and be alert to possible thefts on the streets, as mobile phones and bags can disappear in the blink of an eye.

Many tourists enjoy the outdoor life but too many go hiking or climbing with inadequate clothing, (especially footwear). The advice is to always take sufficient liquid and wherever possible, a mobile phone in case of accidents.

Every summer, reports abound of people drowning (often when caught in treacherous tides or from the shock of diving into very cold water) and children need to be watched at all times, both in the sea and when near swimming pools.

The water can be dangerous so don’t drink and then go swimming at night and be careful when out with boats or hiring jet skis.

All of the hints are really quite obvious – but for some reason, when holidays come, common sense can be in short supply – so remember to be careful and save expense, discomfort and possible death as well as upset for all of the family, be sensible!

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