RVing with your family is the perfect way to explore your favorite state or check out a new one. That said, there are a lot of things parents need to keep in mind while having their adventures. The biggest one? Keeping kids safe as they travel.
Luckily, parents don’t have to go at it alone. The team at Hippo has put together a great guide to keeping your kids protected, including how to ensure proper outdoor fun and safety when cooking over an open flame or setting up the inflatable pool outside the RV. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your family safe while RVing, or visit the link above for the full guide.
Fire Safety 101
An RV gives your family the freedom to roam the countryside and set up camp in remote locations, far away from most city centers where hotels and restaurants reside. Because of this, many families choose to cook their own meals, either inside their RV or over an open flame outside. But, an open fire can be dangerous if not handled properly. Check out the graphic below for tips on enjoying char-grilled meats and roasted veggies with some peace of mind.
Teaching your children how to behave near fire is always a good idea, and is the first step toward keeping kids safe around flames. Children and pets should always be at least 3 feet from a fire, and if you are grilling outdoors the flames should be at least 10 feet away from your RV (including any fabric overhangings). You should also pack a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in your RV and keep it handy in case of an emergency, so that you can act fast.
Making Inflatable Pools Safe and Fun
Swimming is a great way to have fun in the campground and cool off while spending time in warmer climates. However, with pool time comes some potential dangers and opportunities for education. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water, meaning that even small baby pools can be potentially dangerous. For little ones, it’s recommended to outfit them with a life jacket or other flotation device. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on them when they are in the water, no matter their age.
When not in use, inflatable pools should be completely drained of any water. This prevents bugs (or other creatures) from stopping by and helps aid in keeping kids safe by removing the possibility of drowning when you’re looking away. Draining the pool is especially important when camping out in remote areas, as you don’t want to invite unwelcome visitors to your campsite.
As we said before, setting out in your RV is a great way to grow closer as a family while getting to see all the sights our country has to offer. It’s an especially great option during these uncertain times, as an RV allows you to remain safe by minimizing social contact with others while getting to see some of the greatest wonders of the nation.
Of course, whether you are heading to the Grand Canyon or a southern beach, keeping kids safe is always a priority. Fortunately, by following the above tips, and staying calm in any emergency situation, you can rest assured that your family will be protected during your travels.
About the Author
Sarah Hollenbeck is a content writer and safety expert for Hippo. Growing up making the trek from Austin to Illinois to see her family, Sarah is no stranger to long road trips, meaning she has experience staying safe on the road.
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