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Going on vacation can be stressful for parents and children. There are crowds of new faces, new places, luggage to keep track of and hidden dangers that children are often not aware of. Read these travel tips and safety reminders to ensure your family is safe while traveling this summer.
Travel preparation tips
With these safety tips from SafeKids.org, you can educate and prepare your children and yourself prior to your vacation travels.
If you are staying at a friend or family member’s house, discuss the importance of creating a safe environment for your children. Ask that they take the necessary precautions prior to your arrival — baby gates, outlet covers, cabinet locks, portable monitors and a self-closing, self-locking gate around a swimming pool or Jacuzzi.
Discuss travel rules and emergency contact information with older children.
Purchase ID bracelets ahead of time if planning a trip to a crowded destination — like an amusement park.
Memorize the Poison Control Hotline number: 800-222-1222.
Make a list of the urgent care centers and emergency rooms closest to your destination.
Car travel safety tips
Tip: Test the installation of your car seat prior to embarking on a car trip.
Always travel with your child’s car seat — keeping it properly installed in your vehicle.
Never leave your child alone in the car.
Secure all loose items in the car, as they can become projectile objects in the event of an accident.
Engage child safety locks (doors and windows) while on the road.
Should your baby need assistance, pull the car over and stop before tending to your child.