Beach Safety Tips for the Summer

As summer approaches a lot of us get a yearning to go to the beach and spend some time by the water. Perhaps we’d like to have a picnic, play Frisbee, sunbathe, surf, or just watch the sun go down on the horizon. Whichever activities we fancy it’s important to always remember that while the beach is mostly a fun and safe place, it also contains hazards.

To help you, your friends and your family avoid accidents and injuries here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Know What the Beach Flag Colors Mean.

Depending on the region each beach contains different hazards and comes with safety information specific to the area. When you arrive at a beach take note of all the beach and lifeguard warning flags.

If you see a red flag do not go into the ocean or get too close to the water. The flag signals that swimming or surfing is extremely dangerous either due to strong waves or other conditions.

A yellow flag denotes a medium hazard which suggests there could be moderate currents. Weak swimmers should therefore avoid entering the water or only do so with supervision.

A green flag means the ocean is calm and generally safe for all age groups. Nevertheless, if you have kids always supervise them and exercise caution at all times.

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2. Learn How to Identify Rip Currents.

While the ocean weather is mostly stable, it can change without warning at the drop of a hat. Rip currents can develop seemingly out of nowhere and they can pull you away from the shore and into the sea.

Generally speaking, rip currents are difficult to spot but if you start noticing calm waters in an area start to get bumpy and have a different texture to the surrounding water that’s a sign that rip currents may be forming. Do not enter the water until the current subsides.

3. Stay Hydrated.

Prolonged exposure to the sun at the beach means your body will be losing water at a much faster rate than it normally does. As a result, you’re likely to feel weak and lightheaded and even suffer from heat exhaustion.

To avoid this carry plenty of water to refuel throughout the day.

4. Wear High SPF Sunscreen.

The sun is one of the most overlooked hazards on the beach that can have a disastrous effect on the body. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s strong UV rays not only leads to sunburns but can also result in a variety of skin cancers.

To protect yourself during the summer carry a broad-spectrum sunscreen i.e. one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a high sun protection factor (SPF), and apply liberally on your skin. Make sure you reapply every now and then depending on how long you stay in the sun.

5. Watch Out for Wildlife.

Depending on the location of your beach there may be marbled corn snails, sea snakes, jellyfish, and even fire ants, among other insects and wildlife that pose a health and safety hazard. To be safe keep a lookout for any warning signs on the beach. Also, avoid murky waters and do not partake in any water sports if you have an open wound.

Should you sustain injuries as a result of negligence at the beach contact us today to learn the best way to proceed.