Beach Safety

Heading to the Beach? Let’s do it right! Here are some tips on how to be safe at the beach!

beach safety#1 Bring plenty of sunscreen and lightweight clothing to protect you from the sun! You will need to have ways to escape the sun so be sure to bring ways to cover up. Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen as well to keep your skin looking youthful. Tents, tarps, sunshades . . . make sure to check yourself and your loved ones regularly to make sure you have adequate cover from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

#2 Bring plenty of food and water.  While spending a day out on the beach, you are exposed to the elements, which can drain your energy resources. Make sure you are staying nourished and hydrated throughout the day.  From “A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluid every day. But some adults may need more or less, depending on how healthy they are, how much they exercise, and how hot and dry the climate is.”

#3 Wear protective shoes. Whether you are walking from your car to the beach, walking on hot surfaces, or walking on the sand, be careful where you step. As the weather gets warmer, the temperature of the ground might be too much for bare feet. Glass and other pieces of trash may be hidden by the sand or high grass. Be prepared, wear water shoes, hard-soled sandals like Tevas or Chacos when walking on the beach, around the lake, or in the park.

#4. Swimming with a partner. Currents in the ocean are strong and sometimes unpredictable. Swim with a buddy and always let people know where you are. This advice is also good for lakes, rivers, pools, any water source where people are recreating.  Swim with a buddy, reduce the risk of drowning, or being pulled by currents (in the case of beaches and rivers) and watch out for each other.

#5. Avoid drinking alcohol, and other intoxicants. Alcohol has a diuretic effect, meaning it can dehydrate you. Combine this with sun and you can become dehydrated very easily. When you are out enjoying the cool waters of the beach, lake, river, or pool, remember to use moderation with your celebration. And, look out for each other!

U.N.I Urgent Care is ready to help with any summer care needs. Preparation is the best way to avoid a visit to our office or a hospital. Remember, if you feel the situation is an emergency, call 911 or take yourself, or your loved one, to the nearest hospital.

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