It’s that time of the year when everyone wants to escape to the coasts and have fun with their families. However, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the beach can be full of various health and safety hazards. By following a few simple tips you can stay safe during summer beach trips.
Rip tides are strong offshore currents that pull people away from the shore. These can be extremely dangerous since it’s hard to swim against this type of current, and people can tire themselves out by swimming against them and drown.
In order to avoid being swept out too far, you should remain calm and not try to fight the current. Recognize what direction the current is coming from, and then swim away from the rip tide at an angle towards the shoreline.
It’s easy to lose track of time while you’re sunbathing by the ocean, but too much sun exposure can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, and over an extended period of time, skin cancer.
To avoid the negative effects of the sun, you should always drink water consistently during your beach trip, apply sunscreen every hour or after you get out of the water, and bring a beach umbrella to block sunlight if the heat of the sun becomes overwhelming.
If you’re at the beach with small children, make sure you set up your beach gear near a lifeguard stand. Parents can lose sight of their children in the passing waves, and it’s best to keep them safe by staying near a lifeguard who is trained to save people in emergencies.
It’s also a good idea to put a brightly-colored life jacket on your small children if they aren’t strong swimmers so they remain visible at all times.
A lot of beaches use colored flags as a warning system for swimmers to alert them to possible dangers they could encounter in the water.
Sometimes it can be confusing to know what all of the colors mean, so here is a quick guide for warning flag colors:
Weather and water conditions can shift in just minutes, and sometimes being unaware of how conditions are changing can lead to death or injury.
Before you go to the beach, make sure you check what the forecast for the day will be. You should also be cautious about staying in the water if it gets rainy or dark outside. Waves can get increasingly large and hazardous in windy weather, making them more dangerous for swimmers. It’s also important to get out of the water before sundown, seeing that predatory animals like sharks feed around dusk and sometimes travel into shallow waters.