Practical Beach Safety Tips
The beach can be a fun venue for family gatherings but it can also be dangerous especially for children. Taking precautionary measures can make the big difference between a fun day-out and a disastrous one. Aussie Swim Store Australia recommends the following safety tips.
Prior to heading to the beach, be sure to load all the necessary items you and your family will be needing – including food provisions, water and drinks, change of clothes, towels, beach blanket, beach umbrella, swimming attires and gears, floatation device for kids, and sunscreen. It would be prudent to pack them the night before so you do not run the risk of forgetting something which might be very essential.
Follow Beach Rules
For the safety of your family and of the other people using the beach, follow beach rules to a tee. That means not lighting a fire or not exploring certain areas of the beach when it is prohibited. Beach rules exist for a reason.
Be Generous With Sunscreen
Even if you want to get a nice tan, be sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen before you head out to the beach. Your children are especially more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays as their skin are more sensitive and they can burn within minutes of sun exposure. Generally, sunscreen is safe for children six months and older. Remember to re-apply every two hours and every 90 minutes for anyone who goes out swimming to get optimum protection.
Seek Shade and Rest
Even if you and your kids are enjoying the water, be sure to seek shade at least every hour. It is generally advised to avoid too much sun exposure between 10am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak. After eating, allow your meal to settle down and get digested for at least 30 minutes before you head back to the water.
Maintain Adequate Hydration
Excessive heat and sweating makes you and your family prone to dehydration. Be sure to load on lots of liquids like water and fruit juices to maintain adequate hydration. While soft drink may be thirst quenching, it is a poor source of hydration as excessive sugar content make soft drink draw liquid away from the body. You will have drunk a whole liter of cola and still feel so parched.
Never Leave Children Unsupervised
If you have too much on your hands at any time, be sure to have an adult you trust to accompany your kids regardless of what they are doing – building sand castles or swimming. It is also not a good idea to have only one adult swim with more than one child in case any untoward incident should taking place – including drowning.