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Your Beach Safety Checklist

Your Beach Safety Checklist
29 May 2015 1336 Views No comments

Now that June is almost here, many people are planning on heading to the beach over the coming months. Whether you go to the beach a lot or just every now and then, it is important not to get complacent.

While the beach is lots of fun for you and your little ones, it can also be dangerous if you don't take proper precautions. Even if the tide is being friendly and the weather is good, there are still factors to take into account for the safety of your family.

Here are some things to make sure that you remember before heading off for a day on the beach.

When does the tide change?

You should check what time high and low tide are each day. Being aware of this will prevent you or your family getting caught out when the tide goes in or out.

What's the current like?

Whether you're going to your local beach or visiting a new one on holiday, it is important that you find out what the current is like, or if there are places where it is particularly strong. The current can cause problems when you're swimming, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.

Are there rocks?

Many beaches have areas in which there are sharp rocks submerged under the surface of the water. These can result in cuts and bruises if you are not aware of them, if not worse injuries if people are jumping in the water. Knowing if there are rocky areas allows you to avoid them.

Are there lifeguards?

You want to avoid swimming on beaches where there are no lifeguards, as this means that there is no one there to offer instant assistance. You should check that a lifeguard is on active duty on the beach. If you are particularly concerned, you can set up your belongings close to the lifeguard's post.

Are any flags flying?

Just because it's summer doesn't mean that there won't be any potentially dangerous conditions on the beach. Lifeguards will fly flags to let you know of any potential issues, so it is worth keeping an eye out for these.