So, you’ve planned a fun-packed itinerary with the kids this weekend? Before you head out, take note of these top safety tips. Read on ‘til the end for a fab giveaway too – a 3D2N stay at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa!
After slogging during the week, there’s nothing like spending our treasured two days off with our loved ones. We’re talking about the weekend! Singapore’s got no shortage of fun things to do for everyone (and we’ve got plenty of activity ideas and weekend happenings for you!). But before you buckle up for a weekend of fun, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying safe too. So, here we present our top tips to keep the family safe when out and about in Singapore. Plus, win a sweet family staycay!
1. Slather on some sunscreen
Rain or shine, it’s crucial that everyone’s protected from harmful UV rays. Did you know that Singapore has one of the highest UV indexes in the world? Skin cancer cases have also risen in the last 10 years. Simply use SPF 30 sunscreen on all areas of exposed skin, at least 15 minutes before heading out. And remember to reapply every two hours!
2. Prepare a first aid kit
No matter how cautious we are as parents, accidents happen. Instead of panicking, prepare a first aid kit in advance with all the essentials, like a band aid, antiseptic wipes, ointment and sterile gauze pads.
3. Pack mosquito repellent
Whether it’s a patch, lotion or spray, guard your kids from mozzies with a heavy duty mosquito repellent. And if you’re going to a dengue hotspot for a family hike, go one step further by wearing mosquito-repelling clothes.
4. Wear a helmet
Off on a two-wheeled adventure, roller skating or scooting? You should wear a protective helmet to prevent serious head injuries in case of falls. Get a helmet with adjustable knobs for a good fit. There are countless options available online and in-stores.
5. Buckle up
Taking a taxi? Learn to buckle up! Secure your child in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats and seat belts to protect them from serious and fatal injuries.
6. Clock in enough water breaks
Remember to hydrate! Singapore’s blazing weather shows no mercy. To avoid dehydration, children from ages five to eight should be drinking at least one litre of water a day – and more during outdoor adventures.
7. Wash your hands
Now that we’re in pandemic city, washing our hands the right way should be second nature. If there isn’t a sink nearby, hand sanitisers are the next best thing. This shouldn’t be a problem as you’ve probably got one too many in your bag already!
8. Brief your little ones
We’d hate for this to happen, but sometimes kids can go missing in an instant. To prevent a lost child, teach them what to do in case they wander off too far. For starters, getting them to remember your phone number and full name will help. Identify “safe adults”, such as security guards and staff. Finally, tell them not to wander off too far from the last spot they saw you.
9. Wear correct footwear
Wearing comfy footwear could make or break a family day out. Pick the appropriate footwear depending on your location and activity. Expecting lots of walking? Opt for comfy, breathable and covered shoes. Pack an extra pair of slippers if you’re heading to a water park. And you already know this, but don’t let them use that new pair of shoes if you’re expecting a long day ahead – no matter how big of a fuss they throw!
10. Get Personal Accident Insurance for peace of mind
For added protection, stay safe with NTUC Income’s PA Secure. From just $195 a year for a family plan, this personal accident plan’s got your back. You’ll enjoy benefits such as reimbursement of medical expenses of up to $3000 for injuries due to accidents or from contracting an infectious disease, daily hospital income of $150 per day up to 50 days (under Plan 3) and coverage for seven infectious diseases like chicken pox, hand, foot and mouth disease and dengue fever. Plus, a family plan provides coverage for you, your spouse, and an unlimited number of dependent1 children at no additional premium.
What’s more, the all-embracing plan offers two lifestyle optional benefits with top up of just $18 a year for each insured person per optional benefits.
Child and student care expenses optional benefit
If your insured child is injured due to an unfortunate accident and is hospitalised for at least four days, you can receive up to $500 reimbursement in childcare or student care fees. This benefit also provides coverage if your insured child contracts one of the seven infectious diseases and is hospitalised for at least four days, or is on certified medical leave for at least five days.
Event and staycay expenses optional benefit
Can’t attend a planned ticketed event or staycation due to an unexpected accident or infectious diseases? With this optional benefit, you can get up to $500 reimbursement for the non-refundable expenses2 incurred by the insured person if he/she suffers an injury or contracts an infectious disease and is hospitalised.
For more information on PA Secure, visit NTUC Income’s website.
To make your weekend adventures even more exciting, how about adding a staycation to the agenda? We’re giving away a 3D2N stay at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa in the Family Garden Room (for up to two adults and two kids) to one lucky winner! Simply enter our giveaway on Honeycombers for a chance to win. The giveaway ends on 26 November 2021.
Congrats, you’re all set for some fun family time in Singapore this weekend!
This post is in partnership with NTUC Income
NTUC Income’s PA Secure Important Notes
1. Dependent child(ren) means your insured child(ren) who are:-
– under 18 years of age; or
– under 25 years of age; unmarried and not on full-time employment; and are primarily dependent upon you for maintenance and support. For example, full-time students or national servicemen.
2. The event and staycation expenses that we will reimburse is the non-refundable deposit or ticket fees incurred by the insured person. We will not pay for claims that are less than $50.
This article is for general information and should not be relied as financial advice. All opinion and information in this article are solely those of HoneyKids Asia. HoneyKids Asia is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all information and intellectual property used in this article. NTUC Income is not responsible to any party for this article. You should seek advice from a qualified advisor if in doubt. Buying insurance that are not suitable for you may impact your ability to finance your future insurance needs. Precise terms, conditions and exclusions of this plan are found here. Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.
Information is correct as of 15 November 2021.