Seaside Safety

Seaside Safety

Seaside Safety with Rajah

 

Summer usually means hot weather and beautiful sunny days. Every year people travel from all over the country to spend time at the beach during the Christmas holidays. While the beach can be a wonderful place to spend time with your family and friends, there are a few things you need to remember to make the most of your beach experience.

Stay safe in the sun, sand and sea by following these helpful tips:

 

SUN
Cover up! The summer sun is very hot, making it very easy to get sunburnt – even on a cloudy day. To ensure your family is protected from skin damage, make sure that everyone has a hat on their head and sunblock on their skin.
Ask for help from a friend or family member when it’s time to put your sunblock on. They can help ensure that places like the back of your neck and ears are fully protected.
Sunblock should be applied at least every two hours. If you are swimming, make sure you apply even more often than that.
Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm, as this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest and most dangerous. Stay in the shade as much as possible during these hours.
Pack a big umbrella that can provide shade when the sun becomes too much, especially if you think you might still be outside when the sun is at its hottest.
Drink lots of water. On hot days, especially when you sweat, it’s easy to get dehydrated. This is why it is important for you to ensure you drink water at regular intervals throughout the day.

 

CROWDS
Because the beach is such a popular place to visit, many people flock to the seaside during the holiday season. With so many people gathering around the beach on hot days, it is very easy to get lost in the crowd. Teach your children to stay close to you, and to always make sure that they can see you and that you can see them. If they do lose you somehow, there are a number of things you can do to make sure you are soon reunited with each other.

• Tell your children that if they get lost, they must stop where they are and shout out your name. Ask them to practice shouting out your name in front of you before you leave the house, so they know exactly what to do.
• Make sure that they have memorised your cellphone number. If you have younger children, think about writing your cell number with a marker on their arm, or somewhere else that is easy to see. Remember to rewrite it after a few swims in the sea.
• Show your children where the lifeguards are sitting. Tell them that if they get lost, they must go straight to the lifeguards who will be able to help them.

 

SWIMMING
When it’s really hot, a dip in the ocean can be the best way to cool off! Get the most out of your swimming experience by making sure you follow these rules:

Swim between the two flags. The flags are there to show that it is one the safest places to swim, and that there is a lifeguard present.
If you are not a strong swimmer, make sure that you stay in the shallower parts and don’t go deeper than you feel comfortable — especially if you’re with young children.
Call for help. Remember to explain to your family that if they need help from the lifeguard, they must put their hands in the air and wave in the direction of the lifeguards.

 

BLUEBOTTLE STINGS
The ocean is a wonderful place filled with many creatures — some of which are bluebottles. Bluebottles usually move in groups and often end up washing on shore or into shallower waters, where people are likely to swim. If their tentacles touch your skin, you will experience a stinging, burning sensation. If this happens to you, don’t panic, quickly swim to shore, and make sure that the bluebottle is off your skin by gently washing the area with seawater.
The best treatment for a bluebottle sting is hot water. Gently pour warm to hot water over the sting. Keep doing so until the pain subsides. If you don’t have hot water, try ice water or cold water on the sting. Usually the stinging lasts an hour or two and then goes away. If it is a very bad sting, you might need to get it looked at by a doctor.

 

Spending time at the beach with your friends and family is an enjoyable way to spend the holidays. Following these tips will ensure that you and your family are fully prepared to have a wonderful beach experience.
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