By Mindy Longhurst
The beach can be filled with so many fun summer memories! But, the beach can also be a place of danger. Here are some tips for how to have beach summer safety.
Teach children how to swim
If possible, before going to the beach teach your children how to swim. This will help them to be safer in the water.
Look for signs
Looking for danger or caution signs is key when you are at the beach. If you do this, then you will know where to not go.
If you plan to go swimming, make sure to bring lifejackets or other forms of floatation devices. This will protect you if you are caught in a current. This will especially help children who may not be strong swimmers.
Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and reapply every two hours. This will ensure skin safety and health. (See related story on how to read a sunscreen label at https://byunursing.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/what-to-look-for-on-a-sunscreen-bottle/ ).
Drink plenty of water
Especially because you will be out in the sun, make sure to drink plenty of water. Water is crucial so you do not overheat and become exhausted.
Keep food cool
Keep your food cool by bringing a cooler. The bacteria on food multiplies rapidly in the heat. Keeping your food cool will keep your food safe.
If caught in a current
If you are caught in a current, the most important thing you need to do is to stay calm. Do not swim against the current, the current will be stronger than you. Fighting against the current will just bring fatigue. If close enough, make sure to signal to the lifeguards that you need help. If possible, raise your arms above your head and wave them to get the attention of the lifeguards. Some suggest if caught in a current to swim parallel to the shore.
For more information on beach safety, please visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/beach-safety