Reminders for Beach Safety

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Jul-2017

With summer in full swing and the school year still barely on the horizon, many families are heading to the beach. Millions of Americans go to the beach every year. While most of these trips go smoothly, last year over three hundred people died at beaches. Here are some safety tips to help you and your family have a safe and fun beach vacation.

  • Learn to swim. Swimming in the ocean is more difficult than swimming in a pool. Make sure you know your limits so you don’t swim too far from shore and exhaust yourself on your way back.
  • Drink water and protect your skin. Stay hydrated to help keep your energy up. Avoid drinking alcohol which can contribute to dehydration. Apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day to avoid sunburn. If you start to feel ill, talk to a lifeguard. Many lifeguards have experience with cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Stay in designated areas. Many beaches use ropes and buoys to mark what areas people should swim in. Those areas are safest and most clear of dangerous underwater terrain.
  • Stick close to lifeguards. Only go to beaches with lifeguards, and make sure there’s one in sight when you’re going into the water. Fatal drownings are five times more likely when there is no lifeguard present.
  • Watch for warning signs. If you see a colored flag and don’t know what it means, check with a lifeguard or look for a sign that explains it.
  • Don’t get carried away. If you are pulled away from shore by a rip current, do not try to swim against the current. Instead, swim at a right angle to the current, parallel to the shore. This will save energy and allow you to escape the rip current. Once you are out of the current, swim back to shore.
  • Feet first. It can be hard to see what lies under the surface of the water. Protect your head and neck by entering the water feet first to avoid hitting your head on the bottom.
  • Stay afloat. If you are not a skilled swimmer, wear a life jacket when entering the water.
  • Keep track of the weather. Don’t try to swim during a storm, and wait until half an hour after the last thunderclap to venture back out.
  • Watch where you step. Some crabs like to pinch and some animals have sharp shells, so be careful walking on rocks. Consider wearing sandals or shoes – they’ll protect your feet from hot sand, too.

The Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC wish you a safe and happy summer. Keep checking our blog for more safety and health related news and tips.

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