Fishing is a fun way to bond with the kids and help them become lovers of nature. But while bonding, one must also take steps to keep kids safe while they fish.
Open spaces, the sound of running water, and the magnificence of nature all around – there’s no better way to spend the day bonding with one’s youngsters than by sharing the fun of fishing. And when parents put fishing trip safety for kids first, the result is a fun-filled fishing experience for the family.
Watch the Tackle
Fishing tackle often includes hooks, lures, and brightly covered edible hard baits, which children may mistake for sweets. Always keep the tackle high up out of the reach of children or in a zipped-up bag, preferably with some kind of lock.
Take a CPR Trained Adult
Ambulance arrival times vary depending on many variables such as surroundings, weather, and availability. Sometimes medical assistance will come to a scene practically immediately, while it can take much longer for help to arrive at other times. The faster medical attention for a child who has been underwater arrives, the greater the odds of a happy outcome. So, it is best if an adult who knows CPR accompanies small children on fishing trips in the event of an emergency.
The lure of water blended with children’s inquisitive nature can be risky if parents aren’t aware of fishing trip safety. Not demanding a child to wear a life jacket when fishing is dangerous. A child-sized life jacket can save a youngster’s life by helping her remain afloat if she accidentally falls into the water. Children can drown or suffer brain damage if they are under the water for more than a few seconds.
Take a First Aid Kit
Young kids are accident-prone. You never know when or how they will get scrapes, so adults should be ready for all eventualities. A basic first aid kit is adequate for minor injuries and reduces the chance of infected wounds. A first aid kit should contain at least the following:
- Various size bandages
- Sanitizing hand gel
- Small soap
- Water (for rinsing wounds)
- Small scissors
- Alcohol swabs
- Antibiotic cream
- Artificial cold pack
Protect Children From the Sun
Overexposure to UV rays makes children more vulnerable to skin cancer and eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma when they are adults. To protect a child’s tender skin from the sun during a fishing trip, apply plenty of sunscreen to exposed skin and a wide-brimmed hat and wraparound sunglasses to protect their face and eyes.
Keep Kids Well Hydrated
The human body consists of more than 70% water. It is an essential element for every organ to function correctly. Provide children with an abundance of water to keep them hydrated. Never use soft drinks instead of water, as these drinks contain ingredients that raise a child’s probability of becoming dehydrated.
Keeping tackle out of reach, being CPR prepared, packing a basic first aid kit, protecting kids from the sun, and providing life jackets along with plenty of water will help make a family fishing trip fun and free from disaster.