Warmer days and brighter nights are on their way.Evenings spent outdoors around a bond fire surrounded with family and friends can’t come soon enough for some of us, while others are perfectly content drinking hot cocoa by the fire. Regardless of whether you are welcoming summer with open arms or not, the fact of the matter is it’s on its way and you’ve got to take steps to make sure you are beating the heat and stating safe.
These six simple guidelines will help you safely enjoy this summer’s heat:
- Set a timetable. It’s easy to allow mealtimes to drift over the long summer holidays. A good idea is to give a child their first watch at the start of the summer break. Allowing children the freedom to roam and knowing that they can be trusted by adults to return home at set times gives peace of mind all round. If they aren’t back for dinner, someone will come to look for them.
Drink water. An important rule for all ages no matter what time of year it is, is to drink lots of water.With the dead heat of summer, dehydration can happen fast and lead to heat exhaustion which can be life-threatening. Fill pitchers with iced water and if children are playing away from the yard, make sure they have bottles of water with them.
Check things over. If summer play equipment is only used for a few months of the year and spends the rest of the time in the garage, it’s important to check it over before use to make sure that nothing is loose and all is in proper working and safe conditions.
Cover up. Not just in cool clothes but with sunscreen or even sunblock. Reapply frequently and pay special attention to areas that frequently get missed. The Australian way, slipping on a shirt, slopping on suncream, slapping on a hat etc are good rules to follow anywhere in the world during the warmer months.
Learn to swim. Teaching your children to swim is especially important. Make sure an adult always has their eyes on them on if they’re in a river instead of a pool. Make sure you test out the currents to be sure they are not strong.
About the Author
Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.