When you and your family are planning trips to the beach, the following family safety tips may help you avoid a side trip to the hospital:
- Use waterproof sunscreen of SPF 40 reapplied according to directions; remember, “waterproof” does not mean you apply it once during your outing and you’re safe from the sun’s harmful rays. Sunburns are not only painful; they can be deadly.
- Take along a safety kit that includes bandages, antibiotic ointment, Benadryl (for an allergic reaction) to a bite, etc.
- Provide young, and/or inexperienced swimmers with floaters that keep them upright in the water.
- Never allow friends or family members into the water without keeping them within sight.
- If you observe someone that appears to be struggling in the water, always assume they are in trouble and immediately call for help. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Pack plenty of water and drink it often to avoid dehydration.
- Check the weather forecast in advance. Stay alert to any changes in the weather that often occur quickly.
- When swimming, always be aware of any changes in the current that could produce an undercurrent gradually moving you further away from the beach.
- As you stroll along the beach, watch where you’re going, and where you’re stepping. Injuries to your feet can be very painful.
- Be alert concerning the type of sea creatures around you, i.e., stingrays, etc.
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