Safety Tips for an Unforgettable Summer

Safety Tips for an Unforgettable Summer

Dreaming of a summer without any mishaps? These tips can help you.


Author: Alejandra C.

You already have your plans ready, your clothes, bathing suit, sunglasses, and you have a general idea of everything you'll be putting into your suitcase. Now is the time to think about how you'll keep yourself and your entire family safe this summer.

1. Apply sunscreen correctly
The years when one sat in the sun to tan for hours and hours are behind us. To avoid sunburns which can ruin the summer for your family, it's important that everyone applies a sunscreen with a high SPF and that they do it 15 to 20 minutes before exposure to the sun. Putting it on together is also recommended to avoid missing spots. Don't forget to put sun block on your ears, and eyelids, as well as the nose and the entire neck to avoid burning these areas.

2. Protection against bug bites
So that mosquitoes don't play a major part in your summer, it's recommended that you protect your family, especially during early morning hours and after sunset. If you find yourself in a place with a lot of insects, it helps to cover your skin as much as possible.

3. Stay hydrated
It's easy for little ones and the elderly to forget how important it is to drink enough water. It's just as important for you, of course, so make sure everyone is drinking plenty of water during the day and limit time outside in the heat.

4. Supervise children when they're near water
For kids, pools and bodies of water can be quite attractive, but they also pose some huge risks. It's important to make sure that an adult is always supervising children near or in a pool at all times. The person should know how to swim and preferably know first aid in case of an emergency. For older children, establish guidelines which they know they must always follow: Don't swim too far from the shore, stick together, avoid games that require the hands while swimming in the pool or ocean, etc. It's best to have a chat before every swimming session to remind them, even if you sound like a broken record.

5. Bring a first aid kit in the car
Be sure the kit includes gloves, gauze and bandages, which can help in an emergency for any small scrapes. Also include calamine lotion, antibiotic cream and medications to treat everything from a simple headache during menstruation to a fever. You never know when someone may need it. You can also take along Tampax tampons or sanitary pads. Having a first aid kit that includes these and other things is smart. Better safe than sorry, right?

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