Did you know, with the kids off school there are hazards linked to being out and about more which could result in an accident and even a trip to the hospital?
This is due to the increase in journeys that differ from the typical school run, either by foot, bike or in the car, and because children generally spend more time outside enjoying summertime activities.
One of the key ways to help limit accidents is through education in road safety, both as a pedestrian and a cyclist. There are lots of resources for teaching children better road safety online, including short films and interactive games for kids of all ages.
Teach your kids to be ‘street wise’ and how to watch out for dangerous situations. Talk them through any points of a journey that may pose a risk and what they should be aware of. Let them press the button at pedestrian crossings so they become accustomed to doing so and then waiting for the traffic to stop. The simplest advice is still the most effective: stop, look and listen.
Cycling is great fun and good exercise but an average of 25 children in East Sussex ended up attending A&E each month in 2018 as a result of a fall involving a bicycle. A helmet is recommended as a sensible way of protecting the head and you can buy child cycling helmets that meet safety standards for under £20. Here’s a guide on how to help kids ride confidently and safely. East Sussex County Council also provides Bikeability courses to help your child learn how to stay safer.
Summer holidays provide some of the best experiences of the year but can also be stressful, especially if you are travelling and fail to plan ahead. As your child grows you need to make sure that their car seat is still suitable. It is the law for children to sit in a car seat or booster seat until they are either 12 years old or 135cm tall (whichever comes first). There is guidance here for what you need to consider when buying a new car seat