Make your jour­ney a safe one

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The Vic­to­rian Car­a­van Parks As­so­ci­a­tion is re­mind­ing RV users to stay safe as they en­joy all that the state has to of­fer this sum­mer tour­ing sea­son.

VicParks chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer El­iz­a­beth White urged peo­ple to pri­ori­tise safety and not take un­nec­es­sary risks.

Hol­i­day park book­ings are par­tic­u­larly strong in Vic­to­ria’s coastal ar­eas in the lead-up to Christ­mas, but the as­so­ci­a­tion is also re­mind­ing hol­i­day­mak­ers that the state of­fers a vast ar­ray of other amaz­ing des­ti­na­tions.

‘‘Of­ten these places are quiet and away from the sum­mer crowds. If you do your re­search, you’re bound to find a beau­ti­ful, quiet car­a­van park haven that you’ll want to re­turn to each year,’’ Ms White said.

‘‘But whether you’re head­ing to our beau­ti­ful alpine re­gions, in­te­rior lakes and wa­ter­ways, or search­ing for a quiet lit­tle car­a­van park off the beaten track, stay safe.’’

Ms White also said it was im­por­tant to be pre­pared for all types of weather, hot days in par­tic­u­lar, and urged par­ents to con­sider these five ba­sic rules for a happy and safe fam­ily sum­mer hol­i­day:

Play in the shade: Stay­ing in the shade is one of the most ef­fec­tive ways to re­duce ex­po­sure to the sun, but it’s im­por­tant to al­ways wear sun­screen be­cause you can still get sun­burnt from UV ra­di­a­tion re­flect­ing off sur­faces such as con­crete, wa­ter and sand.

Al­ways swim in a rash vest: It should be­come a habit for kids to put on a rashie ev­ery time they put on their bathers. No rashie, no swim. Re­mem­ber, a rashie’s fab­ric can be­come stretched, thin and an in­ef­fec­tive sun bar­rier if used a lot, so re­place it as soon as it be­comes tired-look­ing.

Broad-brimmed hats rule: It’s im­por­tant kids learn that wide-brimmed hats are best at pro­tect­ing their faces and necks. Com­mon sites of skin dam­age and skin cancer are the neck, ears, tem­ples, lips, face and nose.

Sun­glasses are cool: Get­ting kids used to wear­ing sun­glasses at an early age is a good idea. Make sure you choose ones that meet the Aus­tralian Stan­dard 1067 (Sun­glasses Cat­e­gory 2, 3 or 4). There are also prod­ucts specif­i­cally de­signed for ba­bies and tod­dlers to keep their sun­nies in place.

De­velop a sun­screen habit: Kids are prob­a­bly go­ing to play out­side ev­ery day of their young lives so help them get into the habit of think­ing about whether they need sun­screen. In some parts of Aus­tralia (i.e. cen­tral to north­ern ar­eas) sun­screen should be worn ev­ery day be­cause the UV In­dex is con­sis­tently above three.

To find a hol­i­day park in Vic­to­ria, visit the Vic­to­rian Car­a­van Parks As­so­ci­a­tion web­site at

Travel safely: The Vic­to­rian Car­a­van Parks As­so­ci­a­tion is re­mind­ing RV users to stay safe as they en­joy all the state has to of­fer this sum­mer tour­ing sea­son.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.