During the summer months, millions of Americans take trips to the beach. Here are some safety tips for going to the beach that can help keep your family safe:
- Learn to Swim – Anyone going in the water at the beach should know how to swim.
- Swim with a Buddy – Swimming with a buddy reduces the risk of drowning. If one swimmer has a problem, the other can assist.
- Obey Posted Signs – Always obey signs and flags. These help identify hazards, including:
- Surf Conditions
- Strong Currents
- Dangerous Marine Life
- Water Closed
- Use Sunscreen – Always use sunscreen that is appropriate for exposure and age. Choose an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply as directed.
- Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water while enjoying the sun and water. Avoid alcohol and drinks with a lot of sugar, as they can dehydrate you faster.
- Be Aware of Sea Life – While at the beach, always be aware of sea life on the beach and in the water. Jellyfish and stingrays often hide in shallow water, but can pack a painful sting.
- Don’t Litter – Dispose of trash properly, even if it is a bottle or can that you find laying around.
- Follow Ordinances – Most beaches have rules about camping, fires, and vehicles. Always obey these rules.
Whether you are visiting an ocean resort, or are camping at a lakefront beach, it is important to remember to keep safety first.