Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Summertime Fun Our First Priority is Safety

Summertime is a Great Adventure!

Many families will take holidays over this period of time and look forward to spending time with their children.  Let's Review some products that you absolutely MUST HAVE!  These items will help to make your summer the best that it can be!  

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Many families will be getting together over the next two months to reconnect with their loved ones.  That's one thing that makes summer so much fun.  Whether you stay close to home or travel further afield, good company makes the journey that much more special.  Memories will be etched in our minds of the Summer of 2019!  Let's make it a summer to remember with smiles and laughter!


As adults, our children's health and safety is up to us!  

If we are going to the lake or the local swimming pool (or the one in the backyard if you are so lucky), our children will look to us to keep them from harm.  That means having some rules in place!  What prompts this review is a headline I saw a few days ago on one of the news feeds about parents being distracted by their cell phones, especially around pools of water.  

We all know that it doesn't take more than a few inches of water for a child to drown.  This is a most preventable accident.  If you have children and a pool or lake that you are using for holiday time, your attention needs to be on your children.  I'm not saying a cell phone isn't a handy item to have close by (there could always be an emergency), but when the children are in the body of water, they need your attention all the time.  

Being prepared for children in the pool is another whole issue.  If your children swim, but are not proficient at swimming, they should be wearing life vests or some flotation device.   No exceptions!

We as parents need to make that perfectly clear to our children.  No flotation device equals no pool time!  Period!  

Flotation devices are inexpensive and will make your time ( you and your children's time) in the pool so much more fun.  Children who have not yet mastered their swimming skills will enjoy hours of water fun with relative ease and the certainty that they won't drown.  Most flotation devices are held up to standards that ensure the safety of the wearer.  Nothing, and I will repeat that, Nothing is more important that having a responsible adult watching, while they are having fun.  

For less than $20.00 you can give yourself and your child a little added comfort in the water.  You want to get your child a vest that is Certified by the Coast Guard (USA) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).  This little vest is cute and will fit most children between 30- 50 pounds.  There is no reason not to have one for each of your children.  I would even say you must have one for each of your children, especially if you have a pool in your yard.  
They come in several different styles, so even if you have 2 or more children, each one can have the one they like the best! This is a " #1 Best Seller" on Amazon. It is a small price to pay for some peace of mind while watching more than one child in a pool. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children.

Now hopefully summer is nice and warm, with sunshine making up the better part of the day, so one other safety item I would recommend would be SUNSCREEN!  Not too long ago Margaret wrote about them and her review is worth a good read.  What you put on your children's skin to keep them from getting burnt to a crisp is important.  You can read all about it here!
You don't want your children to suffer from the effects of too much sun on their skin in their later years.  
The only other safety item I would like to see in everyone's home, is a good First Aid Kit.  If you have children, then you know there will be scrapes, cuts and bruises.  Part of being a child is riding bikes, roller blading, skateboarding and just running around.  Accidents will happen even if you take the best precautions.  Like the Scouts, I would say, Be Prepared

This First Aid Kit is a great addition to anyone's car, boat, trailer or home! Sometimes a bandage just isn't enough.  Summertime and being prepared for all possible accidents will make you a more relaxed parent.  You know that you can handle almost anything that your children might need to stop the tears, and start the healing.  

Your cell phone will be handy too, but only to make an emergency call if necessary!  Do not let yourself become distracted.  Your little ones are much more important than anything that you could have happening on your phone.  It is for emergencies only.



I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful, relaxed and fun filled summer!  Stay safe and enjoy all the good things Summer has to offer!





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10 comments:

  1. Wow, they have come along way from the orange vests ! What a cute vest to help children want to wear this essential safety tool...

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    1. They are cute and the kids don't seem to mind wearing them. My own grandchildren have all learned to swim, but the family keeps these vests in their storage locker for visitors that might not have something like this for their children. It is a must have for youngsters.

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  2. Excellent suggestions Olivia! A lot of summer fun does seem to involve water and that life jacket is adorable. I agree with you about requiring one for children, and that includes guests when you have a pool in your backyard. When our children were little, we often needed our first aid supplies. We still do!

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    1. Thank you Miss Mouse. I get so upset when I see that young children drown over the summer holidays. A time that should be fun and make nice memories can change into a disaster when you are not prepared. It's a little thing to be prepared, but so worthwhile in the long run.

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  3. Always good tips to remember to enjoy a safe summer while having fun.

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    1. Safety and fun should go hand in hand, that way everyone has nice memories and lots of laughter. Peace of mind while on holidays is worth it's weight in gold. Happy Summer Miss Elf! <3

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  4. Some great summer safety tips to remember. A very timely post.

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    1. Nothing is more important than keeping our little ones safe, especially over the summer months. Wishing you and yours a wonderful summertime and a safe one too!

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  5. Olivia, what a wonderful post! That flotation vest is adorable. I’m amazed at how often at the beach I see young children walking or wading unsupervised while the parent(s) has his or her nose in a book or mobile phone. Having a well stocked first aid kit wherever your family is hanging out is a smart idea. It’s also important to check all the medications, ointments and other perishable items in the kit at least once a year and replace any items that are near their expiration dates. I really appreciate your recommending and sharing my article on mineral sunscreens and the importance of wearing sunscreen year-round, and especially during the warm weather when we typically spend more time outdoors. Thanks for all these great tips!

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  6. I love all of these flotation devices. Did you look at all the different little characters available? You could have a whole posse of children each with their own flotation device, no mixing them up. And a First Aid kit when there are children about, is a must have!

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