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Tips to Keep Safe at the Beach

Chairs and umbrellas setup at the beachThe beach has become a popular summer vacation spot for people who want to get out in the sun, relax, play in the water, and just escape for a few days! Summer is in full swing and that means that beaches are in their prime. The fresh salt air, an opportunity to enjoy nature unplugged and time spent with friends and family can be exactly what you need to have a memorable summer experience.

Before you pack you swim suit, sun screen, and a good book, it is important to be aware of some tips to help keep you and your family safe to enjoy your time in paradise!

  • Observe swimming advisories; the health department works hard to ensure your safety, so if they do not advise getting in the water, it is for the best
  • If you do swim, swim near a lifeguard stand
  • Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear life jackets
  • Do not fight the current if you get stuck
  • Do not dive headfirst into the ocean; the water if often dark and you cannot see how shallow it is- protect your head and neck!
  • Do not get into the water if you are sick or have an open wound
  • Never swim alone
  • Protect your skin with sun screen that is at least SPF 15 or higher, according to the American Melanoma Association
  • Protect your face with a wide brimmed hat
  • Protect your eyes with polarized sun glasses
  • Keep an eye out for and avoid contact with aquatic life
  • Dispose of your trash in a proper and respectful manner

    Going to the beach for a few days can be a fun and safe vacation for both you and your family if you just remember these important safety tips. More ideas on how to stay safe and enjoy your time at the beach can be found at the below websites.

Information provided by Abigail Willett, student intern with Community Outreach at Augusta Health. To contact Dana Breeding, RN, related to the information in this article or with questions/comments/concerns, please call (540) 332-4988 or (540) 932-4988.