When the summer sun starts to really warm up, people all over the country find the best ways possible to beat the heat. If you live near a water park or can get to one for a family vacation, then you know that they can be the perfect place to cool off. But as with any trip, it is necessary to protect yourself and your family from potential dangers. Here are some ways to stay safe at the water park this summer.
- Water Safety—One of the most obvious areas of concern should be with basic water safety. You should make sure that everyone is a confident swimmer if they plan on using any of the adult slides and attractions. If you are going with young children, make sure that they have a Coast Guard approved life vest. The water park may offer you one if your child is under 48 inches in height, but you are better off bringing your own so that you know that it will fit perfectly.
- Dress Appropriately—Of course, you should bring along your most comfortable swimsuit for a trip to the park. But you will also need to bring along a loose t-shirt or swimsuit cover-up and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. It’s also a good idea to bring swim shoes (also called water shoes) as these will help you keep your footing in the pool while also protecting your feet from the hot concrete of the park walkways.
- Know What NOT to Bring—While many people know to pack certain items, they forget that it is a good idea to leave some at home. First, don’t bring any jewelry with you to the park. Not only can these be stolen, they could also possibly get caught or tangled on slides. Also, you may want to bring your cellphone and store it in a park locker for emergencies. But you should leave all the other electronics at home. These can make you an easy prey for thieves who look for people who are to busy with kids to keep up with their belongings.
- Wear Lots of Sunscreen—Use a high SPF sunscreen and be sure to reapply it often. A good rule of thumb is to put some on as soon as you get out of the water. This may seem cumbersome if you are going to be in and out of the pool all day, but it is still better than a nasty sunburn.
- Keep Your Kids Safe—Beside all of the previously mentioned tips, you should also have some special rules for your children. Make sure that they know to stay away from strangers, particularly if they get lost or separated from you. Tell them to only get help from someone wearing a water park uniform. Also, make sure that you have a designated meeting spot such as the lost and found or the park entrance in case you do become separated. If your children are still young enough to be in diapers, make sure that you have swim diapers for them and change them regularly in a designated area to prevent the spread of bacteria to others.
Water parks can be an awesome place to relax and unwind. But you need to make sure that you follow these rules and the rules of the park to ensure a safe time for all.
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