The summer holidays are looked forward to all year long. It is a time for your whole family to relax and enjoy themselves together, while exploring somewhere new. Safety isn’t the first thing people think of when they think about holidays but it is important. If you are visiting Europe, keep your whole family covered with an EHIC card. This means that if you need emergency medical treatment while you’re away you’ll be able to access it at a reduced cost.
Protection from the sun is important no matter how old you are. Children will need help putting sun cream on. Make sure you use a high factor and top-up sun cream throughout the day. The general rule is to apply it fifteen minutes before you go out. If sun cream says it is water resistant, that doesn’t mean that it’s waterproof. Sun cream needs to be reapplied every time your children go in the sea or pool. Keeping out of the sun in the hottest parts of the day, from midday to around three in the afternoon, is a good idea. For babies, or very young children, you will need a tent to provide shelter all day as their skin is much more sensitive.
Being on holiday is exciting for everyone and children are prone to going off to explore. Children will need to be supervised just as intensely, if not more carefully, as you would when they are at home. Never leave your children unattended by water, as the risk of drowning is high. Make sure your children know not to wander off and where to go if they do get separated from you. Dress them in bright colored clothes to help you to identify them from a long way away. Don’t leave your children unattended at any point throughout the day, there will always be family friendly restaurants available or dedicated crèche services at your hotel.
Pack a First-Aid Kit
You can never be too prepared. Bringing a basic first-aid kit with you is essential. Bring plasters, insect repellent, anti-septic cream and a thermometer as a minimum. All the medicine you use on a weekly basis should be packaged up and brought with you too. Prescription medicines usually have to be labeled. Make sure you check the rules and regulations of taking medicine on the plane before you travel.
Secure the Property
Make sure your holiday home, apartment or hotel room is secure when you arrive. Each night be sure to lock the windows and doors. This is especially important if your children are sleeping in their own bedroom. If you notice anything that doesn’t look right, such as a faulty latch on a window, report it to the property owner. Other safety measures to take include removing any cleaning products and putting them somewhere out of reach of your children’s inquisitive hands. It sounds over cautious but there is nothing wrong with being careful!