24 Jun Sun and Sand: Beach Safety Tips
It’s officially summertime, and for many of us, that means lazy days out on the water, and on the beach! Who doesn’t love the sun and sand? There is a multitude of activities that you can partake in, and when you get too hot, the water is right there! However, as much fun the beach can be, it can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not followed.
Before you hit the sand, brush up on these beach safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this summer season.
• Always check the weather forecast before you go. You don’t want your day to be cut short by rain, or even worse, a thunderstorm!
• It is imperative that you ONLY swim at the beach when there is a lifeguard on duty. Make sure you always obey the lifeguard's orders and instructions.
• A different skill set is needed to swim in the ocean, versus swimming in a pool. Before you take the plunge for the first time, get your feet wet first in the surf.
• Never swim out further than you can physically handle. Even if you are a good swimmer, you want to ensure you still have the energy needed to get back to shore.
• Always swim sober, and never under the influence. While fun, the water can be deadly, so you want to have a clear mind in case of an emergency.
• If you or your child can not swim, or are an inexperienced swimmer, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when you are near or in the water.
• Pay special mind to children and the elderly. Besides the risk of heat stroke, the pull from the waves can be enough to make a child or an elder lose their footing.
• Always check out the conditions before you enter the water. Look out for warning flags, potential hazards, and even marine life! Certain aquatic life forms can be dangerous, so make sure you are aware of what’s going on before you jump in.
• Remember, strength in numbers! Even if there is a lifeguard on duty, there is a chance you could be overlooked. Accidents sometimes only take a second to happen, and human error can occur. Help prevent this by never swimming alone. If you are by yourself, stick near groups of people and make yourself known.