Planning a vacation to the beach? Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe while vacationing:
Don’t pick up poisonous shells
Not all shells are harmless. Some could kill you without you even knowing. There have been reported individuals who picked poisonous shells (like Hawaiian cone shells) on the beach and put them in their pocket. They were found dead later on the beach without apparent cause of death. To be safe, only gather the shells that have been vacated and place them in a container.
Stay away from jellyfish
Jellyfish can be found in the evenings, all over the beach. If you take an evening stroll make sure to avoid touching them because they will sting you. The scar from a sting can itch you and bother you for up to two weeks or longer.
Don’t swim in the ocean in high tide
Avoid swimming in the ocean when the tide is high. The current can sweep you off your feet very quickly. According to HiWaay, “the ocean is constantly moving from high tide to low tide, and then back to high tide. There is about 12 hours and 25 minutes between the two high tides.” Although surfers love the high tide, if you are not familiar with the changes in the ocean is best to stay out.
Be aware of uneven ocean floor when swimming
The ocean floor is harder to map because you can’t see it. However, when in the ocean stay close to the shore because you don’t know what is underneath your feet. With just one wrong step you can lose your life.
Wear a life jacket if you can’t swim
If you can’t swim you have three options: learn how to swim, stay out of the ocean or wear a life jacket. Once we were at he beach, a 19 year old died while in the ocean with his friends. He dissapeared from view and drowned. They didn’t recover his body for the several days we were there, so I am not sure whether they ever found him or not.
Wear suntan lotion if you have fair skin
Protect your skin whether you have fair skin or not. By doing so, you reduce the chance of skin cancer later in life. To ensure your children are protected, apply the lotion on them while still in the hotel room. This way they can go for at least an hour or so without reapplying.
Don’t keep infants in the sun for too long
If you are a new parent you need to make sure that your infant doesn’t stay in the sun for too long. Too much sun exposure can lead to seizures and even death. To avoid hurting your baby, use umbrellas, strollers that have a cover and in some areas, you may even be able to use a tent.
Keep your dog on a leash
Let everyone enjoy the beach by simply keeping your pets on a leash. This way, you can control their moves and can avoid a fight between dogs or children getting harmed.
Watch the ocean for sharks
The best way to stay away from sharks is to stay out of the water. However, if you desire to swim in the ocean, keep an eye open. You are responsible for your own safety.
Piers can be fun and dangerous at the same time
If you take your family to the pier keep them safe by not letting your children leaning over. The rails could easily break if they are made out of wood and are brittle. Young children may even be able to fit in between the rails and take a plunge in the cold ocean.
Going to the beach is a fun experience. Keep it that way by having a safe and responsible trip.
personal experience and observations
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