Keeping Your Family Safe In Hawaii
Thinking about taking a family holiday to Hawaii? What measures must you take to keep your family safe once you get there? Everything you need to know is right here.
Let's start with your supplies list. Your beach bag should include a first aid kit and a sunblock lotion with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure you have a sun canopy. The beach usually offers very little refuge from UV rays. You should also carry a cooler with plenty of uncarbonated and caffeine-free beverages and enough snacks for everyone.
The best clothing to wear would be something loose-fitting, preferably 100% cotton. Make sure swimming shoes are worn to protect your feet from rough terrain and stinging sea creatures. Sunglasses with 100% UV protection should also be worn.
Now we get to safety. Can I stress the buddy system enough? Never go anywhere alone! Now would be a good time to give your child a refresher course on stranger danger. Arrange a meeting place in case of accidental separation. Bring a current photo of your child in case you need the lifeguard's help locating them.
Make sure you apply sunscreen at least 30 min before exposure to the sun. Even if your sunscreen claims to be waterproof make sure you reapply it several times throughout the day for ultimate protection. The heat and UV levels are the worse between 11am and 3pm. This would be the best time to seek indoor entertainment. Don't forget that even overcast days can cause UV skin damage.
Once again, use the buddy system. Never swim alone! Even though you are supervising your children, always swim in a designated swim area where a lifeguard is present. Make sure your child's life jacket is approved according to the standards of the coastal patrol. Relying on other floatation devices that are not approved could prove to be fatal. They can deflate or drift away.
Always face the waves and be aware of the undertows. Remind your children that if they get caught not panic and don't fight the current. You're supposed to calmly swim parallel until you are free from it. You also need to watch out for jellyfish, sea anemones and corrals. If you are stung you should wash the area with seawater, not freshwater. Taking ibuprofen and an antihistamine will help keep the swelling down and ease the discomfort.