Every child is looking forward to the summer holiday. For parents, this holiday means, however, an increased caution for monitoring the safety of children, while they’re having fun.

Once the summer holiday begins, there’s a spike in children’s health risks, including dehydration, falls, excessive exposure to the sun, traumas associated with riding a bike or a scooter. Thus, responsible parents should be aware of these dangers, so that they can take the necessary measures to prevent them.

So, moms and dads that worry about the safety of your children, here are 8 tips that you need to consider in order to protect your kids from the potential dangers that may arise during the summer holiday:

1. Make sure when traveling by car, no matter how short or long the ride is, children have their seatbelts fastened. In this case, parents should be an example for their children and wear their own seatbelts. Children weighing up to 18 kg should sit in special car seats that are approved for such a use.

2. During long trips, make sure you stop from time to time and get your children out of the car for a breath of fresh air and to unwind.

3. Under no circumstances, parents shouldn’t leave their children alone in the car, even for a few minutes or even if the windows are rolled down. During the summer, the car heats up very quickly and the high temperatures can affect children’s health. When you leave your car, make sure there’s no child left inside.

4. When they’re checking into a hotel, parents must secure the windows and the balcony doors. Also, if there is any electrical equipment present in the room, like a coffee maker or a hot plate, put it in a place where children don’t have access. Before you place your child in the tub, don’t forget to check the bath water temperature. Also, since it’s a new sleeping place for children, it’s recommended that they sleep in a low bed or even on a mattress on the floor. This way you avoid the risk of a potential blow in case the little ones fall out of their bed.

5. Keep an eye on your children when they bathe in the pool or lake. At least until the children reach the age of nine, you have to be particularly careful.

6. If you’re going on a hike with the family, the route should be chosen depending on the age and abilities of your children. Also, you have to make sure they wear appropriate clothing, hardy footwear and enough drinking water.

7. Don’t let the children out of your sight during the hike. Make sure they don’t pick anything up off the ground: in the forest or in other less traveled places there might be different stinging or poisonous insects and snakes. Moreover, make sure you don’t deviate from the trail and don’t swim in rivers or lakes where swimming is prohibited.

8. During the summer vacation, a lot of children are left home alone while their parents are at work. You have to be aware of the following things:

  • Children under 12 years must not be left home without the supervision of an adult.

  • Children under 6 years must not be left home alone.

  • Children should know the phone numbers of their parents, and the number for the Emergency Services.

  • Matches and lighters must be kept out of reach of children.

What is the best tip that you can offer to other parents?