The hot weather is fast approaching for us at the moment, Summer is right around the corner. Although that means having lots of fun and making memories, it also means that you need to be a bit more careful. For me, my most important focus is keeping Lana, my daughter, safe. As a parent, child safety is like an MI5 mission. Here are my top ways to help keep your child safe in the warmer months.
The first, and most obvious, bit of advice I would give is to always carry sun cream! I always make sure I’m carrying a factor 50 kids sun cream in Lana’s bag so that I never have to worry about her skin getting burnt. It’s important to apply this throughout the day, even on overcast days, as their skin is a lot more sensitive that ours. It needs a lot more protecting than ours does, which is why it’s important to use a children’s cream too. Even when you feel like you may not need it, carry it anyway. It’s better to be safe!
It can be easy to forget about, but it’s also important to protect your child’s skin when in the car too. Especially if you’re on a long distance journey as there may be traffic. Sunshine can get magnified through your car windows, so something that I always have up is a sun protector. I know our car gets used more in the Summer months so it’s definitely something to get. They also keep their area of the car a lot cooler as it is blocking out the sun. I completely understand it’s nice for them to see out of the window clearly, but they still need to be protected.
Using your car more in the Summer means you also need to make sure your car is safe for your child to be in. The warmer weather, and potentially heavier loads, means that your tyres are under a bit more pressure. It’s vital to make sure the tread on your tyres is at least 1.6mm – that’s by legal requirement too! If your tread is any less than this you do run the risk of a potential accident. Keep your family safe, double check your tread!
Speaking from a personal experience, something else that is worth checking is your oil and coolant levels. Story time! It was a couple of months ago, in a Tesco car park. We stopped off to get some bits before heading to my dads for the afternoon. After running in and getting our stuff, we got back in the car ready to set off. The only issue was that the car wouldn’t start, and would make a strange ticking noise every time we tried. We called Connor’s dad to come down and take a look, and it turned out to be the oil levels. If we had left it any longer, the engine would have been bust and the car would’ve no longer worked.
Although the mornings and evenings are a lot lighter in the Summer, you should still make sure you can always be seen. I understand you probably won’t be out too late with a baby or young child, but it’s still something to be aware of. In the darker times of the day, make sure you have fluorescent stickers on your pram. Wearing bright clothes will also help with your visibility, even during the day when it’s a bit brighter. If you’re travelling in the car, make sure all of your front and rear lights work to make sure you’re seen clearly on the road.
As I mentioned earlier with the window sun protectors, it’s a good idea to keep the car cool on hot days. To avoid your car overheating, drive with the windows open and air con on full. This will then drive all of the hot air in the car out, while keeping the cool air inside the car. This will prevent you and your child getting too hot when travelling, short or long distance. Side note: girls, this may make your hair get all up in your face so I’d take a hair bobble to put your hair up.
I know some of this may seem like common sense, and I know you’ve all got a bit of that. Summer is a very fun time for a lot of people, especially parents being able to take their children out. Be vigilant, be careful, be safe this Summer! Make regular checks that your sun cream is in date, and that your car is in perfect (legal) working order. If you’re not 100% sure how to make these checks yourself, you can get professional help if needed. Book an MOT in Stirling at Fife Autocentre.