Just over a month from now, many Colorado school children will be screaming shouts of joy as they begin to celebrate summer break. For many families, this means traveling on a vacation and enjoying a variety of water and outdoor activities.
With all the fun that comes along with vacation, there can also be dangers. Although we can’t prevent all injuries, there are certain safety precautions we can take to help make our kids safer on a trip.
What are some car safety tips?
We must start with getting to the destination to have all the fun!
- Car and booster seats are vital for certain ages and weights. Precious lives have been saved due to car seats. Please check car seat laws before you travel.
- If you must tend to a small child, do not do so while driving. Take a few minutes to pull over so you’re not driving while distracted.
- Pack a survival kit. This may include many things such as a flashlight, extra water, emergency tire repair kit, and an extra car cell phone charger are among the items that should be considered.
- Engage all child safety windows and door locks for the trip.
- Move any items that could shift and hit your child.
Tips for water and boating safety
- Kids must know how to swim through lessons or what you have taught them.
- Young children should wear a water vest at all times.
- No diving in shallow water
- In a boat, a properly fitted life vest for your child, regardless of age or swimming ability, is necessary.
- Keep child hydrated and properly sun screened.
- The CDC states that 1 out of 5 people that drown each year are under the age of 14. Out of children, ages 1 through 4 have the highest drowning rates.
Tips for Playground safety
- Equipment needs to be safe. Check each piece before allowing your child to play.
- Make sure it is not too hot. Many children have been burned from hot playground equipment.
- 70 percent of all playground injuries are because of children falling to the ground. Make certain what is underneath your child and that they understand what type of horseplay does not need to take place.
- Check here for more playground safety tips.
Don’t talk to strangers
- Have a secret password that your children know. A person that acts like they know you or your children must repeat this password to the child.
- An ID bracelet for vacations is a great idea especially if you are at an amusement park or crowded tourist area.
- Don’t let your kids run all over the place. Regardless of age, you must know where they are at all times.
- Have a designated meeting place if your child is to get lost.
Wherever you are headed this summer, we at Babcock Law hope that you enjoy your time together with your kids. Keep these tips in mind throughout your stay!
If your child becomes injured while on vacation regardless of case or fault, contact Denver personal injury lawyer R. Mack Babcock and associates at the Babcock Law Firm to discuss your case.