Parents advised to have high standards this summer

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School is out for summer and with so many kids now on their summer holiday, the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is urging people, parents in particular, to look for standards when buying popular summer items such as sun glasses, sun cream, arm bands and tents. These standards ensure that products are safe and fit for the purpose and to help, the NSAI are sharing their top five summer tips for safety.

“As people are making plans for this summer to attend parties, festivals and events it is important to be aware of the standards of the products you are buying for yourself and your family, to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer. Be sure, for example, that the sunglasses you are wearing actually protect against UV rays.  If you’re buying a trampoline for the kids, be sure that it meets the appropriate safety standard. These apparently small things can make a profound difference to your health and safety and your summer,” said Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI.


NSAI’s Top Five Summer Safety Tips

Look for the UVA standard on your sunscreen:

When first created, sunscreens were only designed to filter out UVB (Ultra Violet B) rays, as the dangers represented by UVA (Ultra Violet A) rays were then unknown. Today, sun protection products must span the entire UV spectrum. When buying sun cream, make sure you look out for the UVA symbol (see picture above).  A four or five UVA star rating is best for fair skin.

Uv mark

Protect Your Vision

When shopping for sunglasses, ensure you choose the option that meets the I.S. EN 1836 standard. This ensures that they will offer protection against solar radiation or UV rays. Eyewear that does not offer protection from solar radiation or UV rays can damage your eyes and no matter how on trend they might be, aren’t worth the moneyi in the long run.

Check arm bands and swimming costumes for standards:

If you’re heading for a day at a pool or to the beach, ensure that your child’s swimming costumes and armbands meet the relevant standards and display the CE mark. The I.S. EN 13138 standard for buoyancy aids ensures that rigorous safety test methods have been put into use and that aids are safe to be worn by your child.

Check the CE mark on trampolines and bouncing castles:

If you’re thinking of buying a trampoline, make sure it comes with a safety net and a protective pad around the springs and that it also displays the CE marking (this ensures it meets the I.S. EN 13219 standard). Bouncing castles should meet the I.S. EN 14960 which tests and ensures that materials, design and structural integrity of the inflatable unit is fully safe and reliable for use. Ensure that the inflatable is securely anchored with a minimum of six anchorage points.

CE mark

Look for CE marks on tents:

Whether you’re heading to a festival or just spending a weekend camping, look out for the all important CE marking and standards on tents and camping equipment before you buy one. I.S. EN 15619 and IS EN 13782 are both tent safety standards that will ensure the design, structure and fabric used in your tent is reliable, secure and flame retardant to avoid a dangerous situation.

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