Safety travel tips for parentsPosted on Jul 01, 2009
Summer for families usually means some kind of travel to visit relatives to see new sights or take vacations. USA Safe Kids has some travel safety tips for parents when traveling with children.
When visiting relatives or friends, parents should make sure that they talk to their hosts before the trip to be sure that the house has child safety devices on things such as cabinet doors or outlet covers to prevent any injuries to young children.
If traveling by car, parents should make sure to bring the child's car seat or booster seat. Babies should always be kept facing the rear as long as the car seat fits them, usually by age 2 or 30 pounds. A forward-facing car seat protects older toddlers up to 40 pounds.
Safe Kids organizations hold child safety seat check-ups to make sure parents are properly using the correct size and have correctly installed it. Parents can find the nearest site by visiting the USA Safe Kids website at http://www.usa.safekids.org.
If the children will be riding bikes or skateboarding or rollerblading, parents should be sure to pack the appropriate helmets and other protective gear.
If staying in hotels, Safe Kids advises parents to bring their own folding baby crib or playpen. Research indicates that many hotel-owned cribs are defective, damaged, or recalled because of safety issues. If you must use a hotel crib, inspect it first to make sure it is not broken or missing parts.