Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Protecting Your Children On Holiday

In the summertime, we all want to make the most of the sun and get away from the stresses of the real world for a while. Heading for a holiday with your family is a great way to make the most of the summer sun and you can enjoy some relaxation time and peace and quiet. 

When heading out for a holiday with your children it is nice to be able to forget about life for a little while and enjoy your free time. However as a parent, it is important for you to keep an eye on your children and make sure that they are always safe and in sight. Let’s take a look at the best ways you can protect your children on holiday this summer.

1. Swim safely
When you head abroad for a holiday, you will most likely end up spending some time at the beach relaxing in the sun. Playing and swimming in the sea is the best way to keep cool and happy during the summer, and it is a great idea for you to take the opportunity to practice safe swimming. There are a lot of dangers involved when swimming in the sea such as rip currents, waves and temperature, and you need to ensure that you stay on top of all of these issues. If you run into a problem, Hofmann Law Firm provides aggressive legal representation and you can also think about using a whistle to call for help. Never let your children head too far away on their own and be sure that they are in sight. 

2. Keep children away from the barbecue
Barbecues are the first thing we fire up when the weather is sunny and hot, and it can be an amazing way for us to spend a relaxing afternoon at home with the kids. However, when you fire up the grill it will become VERY hot, and young children might simply see the fire and want to touch it. Make sure to keep your children away from your barbecue to make sure that they are safe. 

3. Follow the 6 Ss 
When spending time in a hot place during the summer time, it is important for you to protect both yourself and your child from overexposure to the sun. There are 6 things you should always make sure to do in the summer and here they are:

Sunscreen - apply strong SPF sunscreen to the body every few hours
Sun hat - use a hat to protect the scalp and ears from the sun 
Sunglasses – wear sunglasses to avoid damaging your eyes in the sun 
Shoulders – cover your shoulders and protect them from burning
Shade – sit in the shade during peak heat of the day between 11-3
Slurp - stay hydrated with water and other sweet drinks
4. Teach road safety
During a summer holiday, you might decide to enjoy a staycation rather than a vacation. If this is the case, your children will likely want to spend most of their days outside playing with their friends. When letting your child out into the local neighbourhood, it is important that they understand road safety. Teach them when to stop on the road to let cars pass and when they can go. This will ensure that even when your child is out on their own, they will remain safe. 

5. Allow the paddling pool to warm up 
If you decide to install a paddling pool in your garden this summer, you will want to make sure that you let the water warm up in the sun before letting your child dive in. The reason for this is that if the water is below 15 degrees, it is classed as too cold and can cold water shock which can be dangerous if it affects the body’s ability to breathe. Allow the water to warm in the sun for at least a few hours or even overnight to make sure that you child is safe. 

6. Temporary tattoo
The worst fear of a parent is losing their child in a crowd. During the summer this can be a high risk for parents because many beaches, amusement parks and other locations are incredibly busy. Make sure that you think about placing a temporary tattoo on your child so that if they do get lost, you can identify them this way and also say this to the police in case they need to investigate. Make sure to choose a unique patterned temporary tattoo for the best effect.