Health & Safety
Safety In Orlando
Millions of people travel to Orlando every year and have a wonderful time without any safety issues whatsoever.
However, as with any tourist destination in the world, crime and the threat of terrorism is a fact of life, so it is important that you are aware of your surroundings and take some actions that can help prevent you from being a victim.
Take a common sense approach and if you see anything suspicious call 9-1-1.
It is always good common sense to keep the following safety tips in mind when traveling:
Always lock the front door and any patio doors when inside a hotel room and before leaving. Use the safety chain/lock for security.
Never open the hotel room door unless you know who is there. If you did not call for the service offered by the person at the door, call hotel security or the front desk to see if they have sent someone to your room.
Place valuables in a safety deposit box in your room or at the safe in the hotel office. Do not leave valuables in your car.
When checking into a hotel, consult the floor plan map on the back of your room door to familiarize yourself with fire and emergency exits.
When driving, keep all car doors locked.
Give or pin your cell phone number to children in case you are separated.
For Emergencies, Dial 9-1-1
If You Loose Your Passport
If you are an international visitor to Florida and you lose your passport, you should immediately notify the police and the nearest Embassy or Consulate of your home government.
You will need to show ID and proof of citizenship as well as pay a fee and file a police report. Replacements can take up to two weeks, but some consulates offer a three-day rush service for a fee.
In an emergency, some consulates provide temporary travelling papers that will allow you to re-enter your home country with a passport.
It is a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport and any other travel documents before leaving home. Take copies with you, packed separately from the originals, and leave the other set with someone at home.
Having copies available will expedite passport replacement should it become necessary.
Driving Safety Considerations
Florida's Safety Belt Law means all front seat occupants must buckle up. Passengers 18 years of age or older may be individually fined if they are not buckled up.
Passengers under the age of 18 must be belted in either the front or back seat of the vehicle and passengers aged 5 and under must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat.
Mosquito Safety Considerations
There has been no local, mosquito-borne transmissions of the Zika virus in Orlando. Orlando’s tourism areas are some of the most frequently managed areas for mosquito control.
Wildlife Safety Considerations
Central Florida's animal population is diverse and plentiful, however, visitors must take safety precautions while in any outdoor setting.
Avoid feeding or harassing wildlife of any kind, especially bears and alligators. State law prohibits the killing, possession or harassment of alligators.
Alligators and snakes are not just found in the wild, but in lakes, rivers and marshes,residential neighborhoods and around golf courses. When near any type of fresh or brackish water, be aware of the possibility of this wildlife.
Never leave any children or pets unsupervised near water, and do not swim at night or in any areas not designated for swimming.
Millions of visitors travel to Orlando every year and have the time of their lives, however from time to time we get unwell and may require a Doctor or a Dentist. Fortunately, here in Orlando we have excellent health care facilities available 24/7, 365 days per year and you will be in safe hands at all times.
Orlando has many friendly, professional walk in medical care facilities for all kinds of urgent (non life-threatening) medical needs. Most major insurance plans are accepted and appointments are never needed.
Urgent Care Versus The Emergency Room:
Depending on you or your loved one's condition, an urgent care facility might be more appropriate than going to an emergency room, or it could be the reverse situation
An emergency is defined as a serious medical condition or symptom caused by an injury or sickness, or mental illness, which arises suddenly and requires immediate treatment to avoid death or disability.
This can be a difficult decision to make, especially when things are happening quickly, the list below to help guide your decision. If you think you are having a medical emergency, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.