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Keeping children safe in a recreational vehicle

Traveling in a recreational vehicle through Minnesota means an adventure for the whole family. However, doing anything with children in tow may present unique challenges and risks as all parents know. 

Families who prioritize safety and teach their children how to be safe in and around a recreational vehicle may lessen hazards and effectively educate their children about how to react in potentially dangerous situations. 

Safety training for children 

Involving children in preparing for trips and having open discussions about being smart and vigilant around a recreational vehicle may effectively reinforce concepts taught in a more formal setting. Parents may also encourage their children to remind each other of the rules. Some examples of fun ways for parents to educate their children include using coloring pages, flashcards and role-playing. 

According to healthychildren.org, one of the most important concepts for parents to teach their children is the dangers of distractions. Parents will benefit from creating rules about making requests of a driver or participating in behavior that may create distractions. Another concept that families will benefit from discussing is the importance of sitting while the RV is moving. If adequate seating is not available, families should bring an additional vehicle. 

Child restraints in an RV 

Saferide4kids.com recommends that even in RVs that market safe restraints for all sitting benches, parents should use a child restraint for their children. A properly fitted child restraint provides unparalleled protection and allows parents the peace of mind that their child is optimally protected. If an accident does happen, children who are properly restrained may not suffer injuries near as badly as a child that was not properly restrained.