Ready or not, here comes Spring break!
What you want: Fun for the whole family
What you want to avoid: Accidents and misadventures
Just as with any other holiday, there are pitfalls to skirt around. But with preparation and planning, you can have a good time while steering clear of time and money-draining mishaps. Need a game plan for family safety? We have you covered.
Plot Out a Family Calendar of Events For Spring Break
Having a clear itinerary for each day will help you spot where the holes are, and at what times your kids might need something to do. It’s not that you need to be entertaining them the whole day, but you do need to have a basic idea of where they will be and which parent will be on call. This is particularly true if they are at an age where they still need supervision. Many fatal accidents and tragic stories stem from children left at home alone without a grownup nearby. Prevent that from becoming your story.
Don’t Forget About Your Teen!
It might seem cliché, but around this time of year, headlines often show teens engaging in dangerous party behavior, resulting in tragic consequences. And statistics show a spike in DUI arrests. Teens need to be educated about how dangerous certain behaviors are and how detrimental certain actions can be to their future.
According to Noll Law Office, criminal defense attorneys in Springfield IL, “In some instances, your driver’s license may be revoked without a hearing. For example, if you are charged with DUI and get involved in a crash that lead to serious injury or fatality, the Secretary of the State may take away your right to drive completely.”
No matter how much your teens dislike your pep talks, help them avoid fateful mistakes.
Keep the Sunscreen on Hand
Planning on spending time in the springtime rays? Just be sure to cover your whole crew up with sunscreen, hats and other protective gear. The actions you take now will help your children carry these healthy habits with them into adulthood. But of course, that’s not the only reason to be wearing sunscreen. The primary reason is protection from skin cancer. According to SkinCancer.org, more Americans are diagnosed with this cancer than all other cancers combined.
Tips for sun protection include avoiding hours when the sun is at its peak, which is between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. If you do want to be outdoors during this time, pick shady spots and make sure everyone is wearing hats and clothes that cover most of the skin. Additionally, always apply sunscreen. These guidelines apply even for cloudy days, as the sun’s rays can still pierce cloud coverings.
Be Extra Careful Around Water
Among fatalities from preventable accidents, drowning takes the lead for children under the age of 5. It is also the second leading cause of fatality for children between the ages of 5 and 14. During spring and summer, the rates of drowning increase, as families take their children to play at pools and beaches. The devastating part of this is that all drownings are preventable by proper oversight. Never leave your child alone near a body of water. It only takes 2 minutes for a child to lose consciousness in the water, and 4 minutes for brain damage to occur. A good rule of thumb is to always stay within arm’s reach when your kids are splashing about in a kiddy pool or even the bathtub.
Keep Diet Health and Food Safety in Mind
What does vacation time mean at your house when it comes to food? Do you barbecue more? Eat out at restaurants more frequently than usual? Pack up your food and eat at a park? It’s great to change up your regular eating routine from time to time. But such changes can mean forgetting to stick with your usual healthy eating plan. Or food safety precautions. Dining out increases your family’s sugar and salt intake, which is fine from time to time while you are on vacation, but it isn’t good for one’s health on a long-term basis. Make sure that everyone still gets the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
Also, make sure kids wash their hands before they start to eat, even when eating at a restaurant or when enjoying a picnic. Don’t leave your packed picnic in the car without it being kept at an appropriately cool temperature. Spoiled food can lead to food poisoning and unpleasantness for the whole family.