Vacations are fun ways to spend time with the family and relax by taking a break from everyday stress. The best tropical getaways leave vacationers with lifelong memories of fun in the sun and all-around good times. However, going into your vacation unprepared or not exercising the right amount of caution can turn a dream holiday into a nightmare. Here are a few crucial steps to take to ensure a safe, happy vacation for you and your loved ones.
Wear a Life jacket in the Water
Never take your child's swimming ability for granted. Even the most skillful swimmers can get caught in a bad situation and end up drowning. In fact, drowning is a leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. Threats to young children include swimming pools, lakes, and oceans. Whether you're boating on a day at the lake, deep-sea fishing in a boat, or simply relaxing at the beach, always take the extra precaution to equip your child with a life jacket. It just might save their life.
Don't Leave Kids in the Car
Leaving a child unattended in a car is not just irresponsible—it’s actually illegal in many places. If left alone in a hot car for long enough, children, especially young ones, are at risk of death by heat, which is known scientifically as hyperthermia. Heatstroke, dehydration, and other deadly conditions can also be caused by spending time inside a hot car. Most parents who lose children to heat in cars react with shock. "I only left him in the car for five minutes," many of them say. But, five minutes is long enough to do serious damage. Don't sacrifice your child's safety for the convenience of leaving them in the car, even for a short period of time.
Extended sun exposure causes skin cancer by damaging DNA and preventing the correct replication of life's building blocks in the body. Even though those effects might not be as immediate as a sunburn, each session of overexposure increases the likelihood of a skin cancer diagnosis later in life. Sunscreen is incredibly effective at preventing the damage that typically causes skin cancer. Additionally, sunscreen helps keep your skin looking younger and healthier. Many waterproof varieties even work for children and adults who spend a lot of time in the water.
Stay in Air-Conditioned Buildings as Much as Possible
Similarly to the dangers presented by hot cars, staying in the heat too long can also be dangerous, especially for people who come from colder climates and are not used to warmer weather. Alcohol consumption can worsen the effects of heat, so even more caution should be exercised while drinking. For children, try to limit their activity. Drink lots of fluids, and relax as much as possible. You are on vacation, after all.
Taking these simple, preventative measures seriously will help ensure a smooth, worry-free tropical vacation. When you employ these safety tips, you'll be able to focus on creating happy memories rather than worrying about the well-being of your family.