The summer holidays are finally here, meaning lots of beach breaks, family
holidays abroad and plenty of opportunities for your kids to go outside
and enjoy the outdoors. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how important it
is to you that your kids stay safe, healthy and happy this summer. That’s
why we’ve created this important post all about summer safety for
Swimming and other water activities are brilliant ways for your children
to get active and have fun during the summer break! Even though having
fun is great, it is even more important to stay safe, so here are just
a few things to remember when it comes to water safety.
- If your kids are in or near the water it’s
crucial to closely supervise them at all times.
- If your child can’t swim or isn’t a
strong swimmer always make sure they are wearing armbands or a lifejacket.
However, if you are taking a boat trip or your child is around deep water,
no matter how well they can swim- they should be wearing a lifejacket.
If you are going
to spend the day at the beach, always check that there is a lifeguard
on duty. Remember they are there to help, so don’t be afraid to
ask them where the safest area is to swim and if there are any dangerous
currents or tides. For more information on beach safety check out our
'7 ways to keep the kids safe on the beach this summer.'
- Always read the
water safety information and make your children are aware of the key points
Stay safe in the sun
As soon as the sun comes out it’s not long before everybody is outside
making the most of it. Regardless of whether you are on holiday, or just
enjoying a day at the park- making sure your children are protected from
ultraviolet (UV) rays is super important. Here are some things to remember!
- Even though the kids will want to enjoy the sunshine, it’s important
to seek shade when necessary. UV rays are most harmful around midday,
so find a shady spot, grab an umbrella or go inside and enjoy a spot of lunch.
- Sun cream is
your best friend when it gets hot outside. Use one with a SPF of at least
15 every time your child goes outside and for extra protection apply 30
minutes before, not forgetting all those awkward areas such as their ears,
nose, lips and feet!
- Sunglasses and
hats are vital when it comes to sun safety for children. Hats not only
shade the face, ears, scalp and neck but sunglasses protect your child’s
eyes from harmful UV rays.
General Outdoor safety
If your kids are playing outside in the park or in your back garden it
may seem harmless, however hazards can sometimes be hidden. Follow these
tips to make sure your children are safe no matter where they are this summer!
- Stay safe in the playground by reading important signs and making sure
your children are using the equipment safely and that it’s suitable
for their age.
- Wherever you
are, always do a quick check for hazards, such as rocks, tree stumps or
sharp objects. If you spot anything either remove it or make sure your
child is aware.
If your children
are walking/playing near busy roads, make sure they know how to cross
over safely and have a sound knowledge of the
green cross code.
- If you really
want to be clued up on health and safety, why not consider taking a short
first aid course? It means you will have a great knowledge base and be
well equipped in case of a summer emergency.