Vigilance is key to protecting children over the school holidays and greater awareness of child safety can assist in preventing injuries and accidents. Here are 8 essential tips to keep your kids safe during the summer holidays.
‘There’s a marked increase in the number of toddlers who are treated at Netcare hospital emergency departments over the summer holidays due to accidents, trauma and near drownings. Often, this is because over the school holidays many children are not as closely supervised as they are when they’re at school or pre-school.’ says Mande Toubkin, Netcare General Manager.
Although it’s not always easy for parents, children should never be left without adult supervision. Here are some suggestions for keeping your children safe these holidays:
- Always keep a close eye on your child. Don’t let them wander off on their own or be without the supervision of a responsible adult.
- Never leave children in the care of an adult you don’t trust.
- Don’t leave children under the supervision of other children.
- Never leave children alone in a car.
- When travelling by car make sure that babies or young children are buckled up or in a car seat, and drive responsibly.
- Learn first aid or at least learn CPR. It could save a life.
- Child-proof your home or the place you are staying by making sure that all dangerous substances and items are out of reach. Make sure that all electrical wiring is safe and swimming pools are sealed off with an SABS-approved safety fence or safety net, preferably both.
- Don’t drink too much or take drugs if you have children in your care.