The beach is calling. Summer is here and the days are getting longer. As we start to make our summer beach plans, water safety should be at the top of our list.

The beach is the perfect place to be on a nice day! There’s generally something for everyone. From relaxing in the shade to trying out watersports, you can’t really go wrong. But with all the fun and relaxation going on, you’ll still want to stay safe. Here are a few tips for your next beach day!

be cautious at the beach

With the current coronavirus crisis, there may be fewer lifeguards working at the beaches right now. It’s advised that you don’t go in the water unless there’s a lifeguard present. Lifeguards aren’t just meant to look good. They pay attention to the water trends, watch out for those in the water, and are trained to administer help if needed. 

If you find yourself at the beach that has no lifeguard presence, you’ll want to be on high alert.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • Take notice when there are changes to the water patterns
  • Always keep an eye on every one that is with you

take precautions

Never underestimate the sun’s ability to burn your skin, cause extreme exhaustion, or even the threat of heatstroke.

  • put sunscreen on before heading out 
  • stay hydrated
  • keep an ice cooler and portable fan with you
  • have a shady area to sit and relax in when you’re not in the water
  • take healthy snacks with you

be careful

Beach sand is relatively safe.  However, there are still things that you should look out for. For example, people tend to leave trash and debris behind. Be mindful of glass, hard plastic, and unseen holes that you may step on or into.

If you happen to have a beach accident or injury, it’s important to know that TBI victims have rights