A trip to the beach can quickly turn dangerous if you don’t take safety precautions. Your preparation and the way you prepare your kids can reduce the risk of an injury, from a minor sunburn or scrape to something serious, such as drowning.
Protect From Sun and Heat
Sun and heat protection is one of the most basic beach safety issues. Apply sunscreen before you leave the house so it has time to soak in. Reapply when you get to the beach. Continue applying sunscreen throughout the day, especially as the kids get in and out of the water. Hats also provide protection from the sun.
Heat is another issue. Find some shade on or near the beach for breaks from the sun. Bringing a large umbrella or canopy guarantees you’ll have shade even if none is available on the beach. Have your child take breaks under the shade periodically. If you notice your child getting overheated, head indoors to an air conditioned spot or head home for the day.
Another part of protecting your family from heat problems is by drinking lots of water. Even though you’re surrounded by water at the beach, you need plenty of drinking water on hand. Have your child drink water several times each hour to stay hydrated.
Your kids need constant supervision at the beach. Always know where your child is. Sit near him when he plays in the sand. The water presents a drowning risk even to older children and adults. Teach your child to only enter the water with an adult. Kids should stay within arm’s reach of an adult to stay safe. Kids should swim with an adult even if a lifeguard is on duty.
Supervision also allows an adult to determine if the water conditions are unsafe for a child. When the waves are particularly strong or high, for example, children should stay out of the water.
How your child acts is also a safety issue. Diving head first into the waves could result in a serious injury. Wandering away without paying attention to the surroundings can result in getting lost. Roughhousing on the beach is also an injury risk. Explain how you expect your child to behave so he knows how to act safely.