No matter how your kids spend spring break, it’s critical to keep them safe. To that end, we’ve compiled this list of five tips for enhanced spring break safety while your kids enjoy their time off from school.

Spring Break Safety in the Sun

From GVEC’s SunHub Community Solar initiative, to our Solar sales and services through GVEC Home, we’re big advocates of sun power: Nowhere on earth will you find a more abundant source of light, heat and energy. For all its power, though, the sun is also a formidable source of skin-damaging ultraviolet rays. These invisible rays can cause premature aging, sunburns and skin cancer. The solution? Sunscreen. This will be your kids’ first significant exposure of the season, so don’t skimp on the SPF rating or on the amount you use. Pack enough to reapply every four-to-six hours, too—more often if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.

Spring Break Safety in the Water

Whether you’re lounging around a backyard pool or playing at a public pool or lake, remember that electricity and water don’t mix. Keep electronic devices away from water and never handle them when you’re fresh from a dip. Any electric devices used near water should be plugged into an outlet with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). GFCIs automatically cut power to an outlet when they detect improper electricity flow.

Spring Break Screen Time Safety

As a high-speed internet provider serving the Guadalupe Valley through our GVEC Wireless and Fiber services, we want you and your kids to have a safe internet experience while enjoying the vacation. Some kids will spend more time in front of a screen during spring break, and parents want to know kids are accessing appropriate content. Fortunately, Windows and iOS both offer powerful tools to help parents take control of how long kids spend online and what content they access. There are also a number of third-party software solutions for taking greater control of kids’ web-browsing behavior.

On the TV side, most modern sets come equipped with parental filtering and blocking tools for channels and content types. Providers like Netflix, Amazon and cable/satellite companies also offer parental tools for taking greater control of kids’ viewing.

Spring Break Safety Outside

No matter where your kids spend spring break, chances are, they’ll want to spend a fair part of it outdoors. Safely flying a kite, for example, means choosing a spot with no power lines nearby. And if a storm starts brewing while they’re are outside—especially if they see lightning flash—make sure they know to quickly get indoors. Kids should also understand never to chase a ball, Frisbee and anything else that goes flying beyond signs marked “Danger, High Voltage” or “Keep Out, High Voltage.” Finally, teach them to keep a safe distance from downed power lines and from padmount transformers—those big green electrical boxes.

Spring Break Safety Equipment and Gear

We continually preach the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) to all GVEC employees. PPE is any on-the-job equipment or gear worn by workers to decrease the risk of workplace injury or illness. The PPE of GVEC linemen, for instance, includes a helmet, protective eye goggles, insulated anti-shock gloves and other equipment.

Are we suggesting you take workplace-rated PPE as part of your strategy for spring break safety? Hardly. However, for every activity at work or play, there exists an appropriate set of safety measures for minimizing the risk of injury. For example, if you take the family on a spring break biking trip, helmets, along with knee and elbow pads are good idea. If you go hiking, you’ll need sunscreen, water, snacks, bug repellent, a first-aid kit, any appropriate medications and so on.

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