Travel Safety Tips

Travel Safety Tips

It is no surprise that after being at home for quite some time due to coronavirus, many people are jumping at the chance to catch a flight or hit the road and venture out. There may also be other reasons for traveling, such as the need to see your family, or even work. Regardless of the reason, if you do, it is more important than ever before to take extra steps to be safe.

It is important to acknowledge that the CDC recommends staying home over any sort of travel.

Prior to Traveling, there are a few safety steps to take.

  • Let a trust-worthy neighbor know your plans so that they can keep an eye out for your house. Also, be sure to lock all doors, windows and close your garage.
  • Be sure not to post your travel plans to social media prior, as this can alert burglars to know when you will be out of town and potentially lead to a break in.
  • If you have packages being delivered, try and get them delivered to a friend or family members, to lessen the chance of them being stolen.
  • Meet with a certified car seat technician. If you are traveling with young children it is always a good idea to get your car seats checked out to ensure proper install and harnessing. Proper use of a car seat can decrease the risk of injury and death up to 74%. It is worth taking the 30 minutes with a trained professional to put your mind at ease. Find a local technician today.

In Action Travel Safety for Kids

  • Pack sanitizing wipes, sanitizer, and be sure to wash your hands! Having wipes can allow for you to sanitize items you or your children have touched or might use. At any chance you have, take a break to wash your hands.
  • Bring a car seat! You may be driving or flying, and kids who require car sears will need to have them on vacation, no exceptions. There are alternative seats such as lightweight car seats if you will be switching planes or cars often.
  • Teach your children to stay nearby. When traveling you may be in unfamiliar places, and it is important your kids stay near an adult at times. Have them dress in bright clothing to make it easier to see them. Take the time before traveling to explain to your children how they need to stay close by to make sure they are safe.

Road Trip Safety Tips

  • Give your car a once-over. Before hitting the road, make sure to check your entire car. Make sure there are no safety hazards, no service lights on, you can see through all mirrors and that the tire pressure is not low.
  • Buckle up! We may think that buckling up before hitting the road is common sense but check to make sure all seat belts are properly working and that any car seats are properly installed. This is an easy area to overlook but can save a life.
  • Take turns driving. When driving long distances, it is no surprise that you may find yourself tired. Having another person to alternate driving with can keep your more alert, leading to safer travels.

Taking trips with your family means new memories, new experiences and all-around fun times. Planning ahead and making sure you are prepared will keep both you and your family safer!

Celebrate National Hydration Day

Each year on June 23rd the U.S. celebrates National Hydration Day, because it is an important part of our daily habits. Although it may seem minimal if you seem to forget to drink water or hydrate properly, it can lead to serious health implications.

National Hydration Day was formed in honor of a late football coach named Victor Hawkins who was the creator of a mouthguard that hydrated players, in order to keep his players hydrated on the field. The company known as SafeTGard that now sells his invention, started the National Hydration Day to continue on his legacy and keep others healthy and hydrated.

With summer approaching, it is crucial that you encourage both yourself and your children to drink plenty of water. Regardless of your reason for engaging in activity or being out in the sun, it is extremely important that you are keeping yourself hydrated. Regardless of whether you are playing sports, just stepping outside to get fresh air, or even soaking up the sun, drinking enough water is a huge part in deterring dehydration, heat stroke and other harmful issues. Now, let’s look at reasons to increase hydration and ways to do so!

Why Should We Hydrate?

It keeps us healthy!

Making sure that we are eating healthy, working out and getting good sleep are all aspects of good health. If you are dehydrated, then these actions or habits won’t make much of a difference. Drinking water allows for our bodies to have the necessary power to get through the heat of a summer day or a hard workout.

It encourages us to make other healthy choices!

You may notice that when you are properly hydrating you feel great, because when you are dehydrated you may experience headaches, exhaustion and dizziness. Forming the habit of drinking ample amounts of water can feel like an accomplishment and you may start incorporating other healthy habits.

It shows us how important it is to hydrate!

Hopefully you never have and never will experience severe dehydration, but it is important to know how easy it can happen. Nobody can avoid this if they are not hydrating, regardless of our age, fitness level or how me may feel. Our bodies depend on us to drink water and keep ourselves as healthy as we can.

How Can We Make Sure We Hydrate?

Figure out how much you need!

You can simply google how much water you need based on personal factors, also check this for your children. Figuring out how much water you need to drink daily and making it a goal can make it easier to keep up on.

Tell others to stay hydrated!

Giving your friends or family members nice reminders to also stay hydrated is a great way to keep others healthy, but it also reminds you to hydrate more. It is easy to forget to drink enough water each day, unless you have a helpful friend to remind you.

Make water fun with new flavors!

Many people don’t like to drink water due to the taste of it. You can make this a fun activity with your children and increase desire to drink water. Try infusing your water with different fruits such as strawberries, lemons, or cucumber slices.

Take this summer and make it full of fun and hydration! Teach your children how important it is that they are drinking enough water, and allow for them to learn what a difference it can make in their health.

Beating Summer Heat

Before summer presents itself, the temperatures begin rising and the summer activities begin taking place, it is important to know that people are at risk for developing heat stress. This can happen to anyone, including children, older adults, those working outside and those with medical conditions.

What is heat stress? It is important to know the difference between heat strokes and heat exhaustion. The two are both serious issues, yet one may require more serious medical attention. Heat stroke may occur when the body is unable to cool itself and maintain a normal level of temperature.

Heat exhaustion may present itself with light-headedness, nausea, fatigue, muscle cramping and dizziness. Being able to recognize these signs is imperative to treating them. If one presents with these symptoms try to take these steps in lowering body temperature and cooling the body.

  • Remove tight or extra clothing layers
  • Move to an open or air-conditioned place
  • Take a cold shower or use a cold compress
  • Drink fluids and electrolytes

Heat stroke is a condition that requires medical attention immediately. The common symptoms of heat stroke may include headache, rapid heart rate, confusion, nausea or vomiting, no sweating, and possibly losing consciousness. As soon as these symptoms occur it is crucial that these steps are taken.

  • Call 911 right away
  • Move the individual to a cooler area
  • Use cold compresses to help cool their body temperature
  • Do not give or intake fluids

As a parent there are different precautions that you can take to lower the risk of your child experiencing this. When playing outside or engaging in activity be sure to take frequent water breaks. Wearing clothing that is not dark in color, heavy, or moisture retaining can help. When going outside try to plan activities at times the sun is not at its peak, or as the temperature is lowering.

If someone is experiencing heat stroke and treatment is not provided it can lead to death. The symptoms of heat stroke are a medical emergency and will need to be treated as soon as possible. Although there is no way to entirely avoid the potential for this to happen, there are adequate ways to limit the chance as well as how to respond.

Safe and Fun Summer Swimming!

A nice dip in the pool, tubing in the river, or maybe even going on a boat on the lake. As the warmer months begin approaching, it is inevitable that most people will be spending more time in the water. When most think of water we think of summertime, playing, and overall exciting times. Although these fun times make up most water-related summer memories, there is a high risk of water injuries occurring.

  • Did you know that for children younger than 15 years old, nearly 68% of reported fatal drowning victims were boys?
  • Between years 2014 and 2016, 74% of children being treated in the emergency department for non-fatal, pool- or spa-related drowning incidents were younger than 5 years old.

How can we prevent drowning?

As a parent you want to ensure that your child is safe around bodies of water, such as pools, lakes, and rivers. There are different ways to protect your child from unsafe situations. These include preventative measures, educating your children on water safety, and learning how to respond in a drowning situation. Drownings are typically silent and occur quickly. Meaning the prevention of drownings are extremely important, and this starts with education and action.

Water Safety

This starts with making sure that young children do not have easy access to open bodies of water, especially unsupervised. Protection against unsafe access to water includes 4-sided fencing with a self-closing or self-latching gate around any areas of water that could present as dangerous.

It is crucial to teach children how to swim. Children who cannot swim on their own face a much higher risk of drowning, leading to potentially life-threatening injuries. There are many resources to help teach your children how to swim, such as signing them up for classes at a local parks and recreation department.

Although it is important that children can swim on their own, accidents do happen. At any time that children are swimming or playing in the water, there should be a designated water watcher. This could be any adult who is able to swim and give their direct attention to children in the water and can keep an eye out for any situations that appear to be unsafe or alarming.

In situations where an accident does occur and drowning happens, it is essential that those around know how to properly respond. Knowing how to give CPR can save someone’s life and allow for a quicker response in such situations.

Lastly, checking pool drain covers can prevent drowning. If there is pool drain cover that is not correctly installed, broken or even recalled, this can lead to drowning. The drains can create a strong suction, resulting in the pulling of items or even children to the bottom of the pool.

Before summer arrives and outdoor activities are at their peaks, take the time to confirm that you have covered all safety precautions concerning swimming. Engage in a swimming lesson, limit easy access to bodies of water and brush up on your CPR! Follow these simple steps to foster safe swimming. 

Spring into Safety on Your Bicycle

Next week is Bike to School Day! Biking and warm weather reminds us that summer is almost here. Summer brings many opportunities for us to get outside and play outdoors. Riding bikes around the neighborhood, chasing down the ice-cream truck, playing on the playground. These are all activities we love to do, and it is even more important that they are done so safely.

It is a joyful time for children, but what steps can we take to keep it that way? By being safe!

As parents it is important to equip your children with the knowledge to practice safer habits. One large cause for injuries are bicycle accidents. To put into perspective how prevalent they are, nearly 500,000 people go to the hospital every year for injuries related to a bicycle crash. Do not let these numbers scare you, but rather encourage you to practice safe habits, and with a few tips you can be much safer!

Let’s start with the biggest tips for bicycle safety:

  • Helmets: It is found that 75% of bicycle-related fatalities amongst children could have been avoided, if there were use of a helmet. Not only is it important to wear one, but it is also important that the helmet is being worn correctly.
  • Be Visible: It is no surprise that cars are much larger than bikes, and therefore easier to see. Bicyclists on the other hand, may be much harder to spot. To try and combat this issue, have children avoid riding at nighttime, and if they do, have them wear bright or reflective clothing to increase visibility. Front white and rear red lights are required on bicycles by law and are an important additions to see and be seen.
  • Signaling: In cars we use turn signals, we have break lights, and other features to let other cars know our next move. When biking it is just as important to have these features, so take the time to learn hand signaling. Creating an understanding between drivers and bicyclists can lower the number of accidents. Learning these hand signals with your family can be a fun activity, give it a go!

Check out these simple bicyclist signals!

Enjoying summer and creating new memories are important parts of childhood and practicing safe habits can only make it better. Taking the time to discuss these simple habits with your children can decrease risk of injury and increase their ability to make fun and safe memories.