For most kids, spring and summer mean the beginning of time spent outdoors, swimming, and adventures while school is out. For their parents, it often means worrying about injuries, keeping everyone safe from bug bites and sunburn, and finding the best ways to ensure that everyone is entertained. It’s not always easy, especially when you’re a working parent and thinking about it can lead to anxiety and stress.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways you can prepare for warm weather for your family. The key is to take a good look at your home to figure out which areas could use some work before your little ones will be using them. The backyard is a big one for most parents, as this is where a lot of time is spent for many kids. If you have a pool, there are several safety concerns that will need to be addressed; the same goes for a swing set or other play area.
Keep reading for the best tips on keeping everyone safe and happy when warm weather rolls around.
Get the right equipment
Starting off with the right equipment is the best way to make sure there are no injuries or accidents, and this is especially true of swing sets and playhouses. If your child already has a swing set, check to make sure the chains and bolts are in good shape and haven’t rusted, and that the seats are at the right height for your little ones. If you don’t have one already, choosing the right set for your kids is important. Prices vary depending on which size you get, and you’ll need to make sure your yard has the amount of space it requires.
Keep bugs at bay
Bugs are a bummer, especially if you live in an area where mosquitoes are rampant. They carry disease and are attracted to standing water, so if you have a swimming pool that doesn’t have chemicals to keep it clean, it’s time to rethink your setup. A pool cover can help immensely. You can also burn citronella candles around the outdoor areas you use most, and a natural bug-repellent will keep biters at bay while your little ones play outside.
Teach water safety
Whether you have a pool in your backyard or are taking the kiddos to the public pool this summer, you’ll want to teach them about water safety. This means always wearing a life vest, no diving and no running near the water, among other things. You might also consider signing your children up for swim lessons.
Warm weather means more time spent outdoors, so it’s important to know the warning signs of dehydration and heat stroke, which include flushed cheeks, sweating profusely, trouble breathing, dizziness, and confusion. Young people and the elderly are at the highest risk of these issues, so keep water handy at all times when your family is outdoors, and give everyone breaks in the shade on hot days. Sunblock is ever important, especially for kids, as is dressing in light layers on deceptively warm spring days.
Spring and summer safety comes in many forms, depending on where you live and what the weather is like. It’s important to be informed on the types of dangers your family could face when warm weather begins and to take preventative measures against them when possible. Being prepared will help your family stay safe while having fun, and it will give you peace of mind at the same time.