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Beach Safety Tips!

Memorial Day is already this weekend! With that in mind, here are some beach safety tips!

 

Top Ten Tips For Improving Family Beach Safety And Enjoyment

One of the favorite vacations for families is going to the beach.  When you are enjoying the sun, ocean and sand, just remember these few tips to keep your family safe!

  1. Wind, Waves, Currents: All parents should understand that wind generates waves.  The stronger the wind, the stronger the waves.  When the “surf’s up” it is often too dangerous for the average swimmer, particularly small children.
  2. Never Swim Alone: Whenever venturing into the water, make every attempt to swim with another proficient swimmer.  Swimming alone in the ocean can often be unsafe.
  3. No Diving or Head-First Entries– The sand under the water is not soft and forgiving.  Two-thirds of all catastrophic neck injuries (apx. 800 annually) occur in open-water areas, not swimming pools.  Feet-first is the only safe way for you and your kids to enter the water.
  4. Lost Children: The number one problem at beaches is lost children.  Go to the beach with a plan.  Your children should know where you entered, where you place the blanket and a meeting spot in case of separation.
  5. Close, Active Supervision: You must watch your child (ren) 100% of the time.  You have to be active, aggressive, and attentive at all times.  Remember it only takes seconds to drown.
  6. Learn How To Swim/ Wear A Life Jacket: If you don’t know how to swim, then waist-deep water can be dangerously deep.  Wear a properly sized and fitted United States Coast Guard Approved life jacket.
  7. Rip Currents: Rip currents account for more than 80% of near-drownings in our oceans.  Ask about rip currents at your beach.  If you get caught in one don’t panic, breathe deep and swim parallel to shore.
  8. Take Frequent Breaks– Fatigue, sunburn, hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can all become problems.  For your health and safety, take frequent breaks from the sun and water with your family and take your children to the restroom.
  9. Look But Don’t Touch– Many birds, turtles and marine life forms often wash up on beaches.  Do not get too close and above all, do not touch the organism.  Your child (ren)  may hurt the creature or it may hurt them!
  10.  Follow You Flags, Check The Conditions Of The Beach– Learn the flag system at your beach and remember, “When in doubt, don’t go out!”  Red– Dangerous conditions, Yellow-Caution: Moderately Dangerous Conditions, and Green– Mild Ocean Conditions.

Source by:  Tom Griffiths

 

“A Day at the Beach”

A day at the beach
What could be
More fun
Than playing in
The sand
The surf
The sun

Building castles
And rivers
And splashing
In the waves
There’s no better
Way to spend
Hot summer days

Author: Sharon Froese

 

Written by: Kara Scott