Spring break should be a time to relax and unwind from the stresses of school and home life. And yet, in many cases, this is not always the case. To ensure a safe spring break for your entire family, follow these tips:
- Travel safety. If you’re traveling by car, give your vehicle a checkup before you head out. Ensure that you have emergency equipment, such as a first aid kit, flares and a cell phone with you. Remember the basics of safe driving: wear seatbelts, observe speed limits and avoid distractions, such as talking on the phone or texting while driving. Also, don’t drink and drive. If you’re traveling by plane, give yourself extra time to account for crowded airports.
- Beach safety. Protect your family with broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields against UVA and UVB rays, even on the cloudy days. For kids six months and older, apply sunscreen liberally, and get in all the nooks and crannies – such as the back of the neck and on the ears. Also, never let kids swim alone. Always supervise your family when they’re around pools, lakes or the ocean.
- Crowd safety. Have a plan for your family at crowded amusement parks and shopping malls. Keep your kids’ phones fully charged so you can call or text them. Make sure everyone in your group knows the itinerary and what to do if you get separated.
- Home safety. Some parents will have to leave their children at home alone during spring break, because they have to work. If this is the case for your family, go over your home safety rules. Review fire escape routes, when to call 911 and stranger dangers. Download a mobile app, such as MamaBear, to know where your children are at all times.
If you only have a few days to get away, visit kytourism.com for lists of springtime events at attractions around the Bluegrass State.