It’s Carnival in Tenerife, the year is 2013 and it’s 10.15 p.m. The carnival costume worn by Saida Prieto Hernández is set alight by a spark from a cold sparkler. Saida began to burn in just a matter of seconds. She was unable to escape because of the costume’s safety belt which was fastened around her waist. The flames were up to 10 metres tall. Finally, a fireman, a sound technician and Saida herself managed to unfasten the belt.
Saida suffered 42% burns on her body and her family members were stricken with anxiety. Thankfully, she is absolutely fine now and continues to take part in Carnival celebrations, which are her great passion.
The costumes worn by the Carnival queen contestants weigh around 200 kilos each. They are made of feathers and beading, and are very valuable. They are usually covered by two insurance policies: an individual insurance policy for damages (according to its financial worth) and a Civil Liability insurance policy to cover any damage they might cause.
A public event with floats that is attended by large crowds should be prepared for any eventuality that may arise and that’s why we offer Civil Liability Insurance for Public Events.
It is also imperative that other security measures be adopted: wiring and batteries must be covered, the floats must be equipped with fire extinguishers, barriers must be in place to avoid anyone getting close to the wheels, the materials used must be fireproof and measures should be in place to ensure that vehicles carry only up to the maximum number of people permitted.
Carnival, carnival… I love Carnival.
Carnival is fun all over the world.