Kids out of School? Best Tips to Help You Keep Your Children Safe This Summer
It seems like summer vacation comes faster every year for children. They begin to make plans for what they want to do, where they want to go and who they want to talk to for a few months until school starts once again. However, most kids don’t think about the safety issues that come into play over the summer. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that they have fun and stay safe at the same time.
When your kids go outside, they will likely be bombarded by some kind of insect. Unless you plan on getting the exterior of the home exterminated to keep away every critter that comes around, you need to protect your children from becoming a snack. There are sunscreens that have insect repellents in them that will keep away most of the flying critters that are outside. If children are going outside in the evening, then it’s best to use bug spray and other items as many mosquitoes get out at night.
Fun in the Water
If you have a pool, then you probably won’t be able to keep your kids out of the water over the summer. This can be an advantage as they will get activity over the summer instead of sitting inside playing video games. However, you need to ensure that the pool area is safe. Make sure that there is a fence, such as those from Standrite Australia, around the pool if you have a pool are allowing your children to play at a friend’s house. Life preservers of some kind should be available around the pool, and there needs to be a fence with a lock that children can’t reach.
Riding a bike is a fun activity for most children who are out of school for the summer. Get the entire family in on the biking action by finding a few trails or riding around the neighborhood. Before anyone gets on a bike though, you need to get helmets, knee pads and elbow pads to keep everyone safe. If you have young children, consider getting a wagon that you pull behind a bike or a bike with a seat attached for a child.
Even if you live in the safest neighborhood in the country, there is still a potential for children to meet a stranger. If you give your children the tools that are needed, then they can quickly overcome this danger over the summer. Teach children how to scream if they are in a position that could be dangerous. If possible, children need to be with a buddy at all times when they are away from the home.
Keeping children entertained over the summer is difficult. Making sure they stay safe while having fun can be more of a challenge. When you provide ways that children can stay safe, then they will begin to see the importance on their own when they are older.
About the Author:
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. You can follow her on Twitter.