Beach Safety Tips
For many, summer vacation means spreading a weekend or longer enjoying the warm sunshine and cool ocean water at the beach. While the beach has many wonderful aspects to offer vacationers, there are some precautions that should be taken when spending time there. In this article we will discuss some of the ways you can protect yourself and your family at the beach and some of the dangers there.
One of the most important concerns at the beach is the damage that can be caused by the UV rays coming from the sun. Anyone who has experienced a bad sunburn can tell you how uncomfortable it can be. However, over a person’s lifetime exposure to the sun can cause more than temporary discomfort. Thankfully, protection from UV exposure is easily controlled through the use of sunscreen. Take extra care when applying sunscreen during your time at the beach. For most the strength of the sun in warm beach areas is stronger than what most are used to. Also, be sure to consider the length of time you are spending in the sun and make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Cooling off in the ocean is one of the most enjoyable activities at the beach. The cool salt water is the perfect companion to the warmth of the sun and sand. Earth’s oceans are one of the most diverse and lovely parts of nature. However, they are also one of the most powerful. Before swimming or allowing children to swim make sure to check the ocean conditions for the day. Keep an eye out for those in the water and provide flotation devices for those who are not strong swimmers.
Consider leaving valuables at home or in your hotel safe rather than bringing them to the beach with you. Small items such as rings, watches, and necklaces can become easily lost in the sand or ocean. Protection pouches for phones and other electronics can be purchased to protect them from sand and water. Try to keep an eye on the items that you bring with you. Beaches are often public areas and valuables could be victims of theft if not hidden or closely watched
Summer weather at the beach is hot! Long days spent in the sun can lead to dehydration. Make sure to pack a sufficient amount of water or other hydrating drinks for everyone in your beach crew. Avoid over consumption of alcoholic beverages.
We hope you have a fun filled and safe summer. If you do make it down to the beach, we hope these tips help you have a wonderful trip! If you have any questions about beach safety, reach out to local authorities such as lifeguards or other educational resources. Thanks for reading!