Staying Safe At the Beach
This summer, if you aren’t going abroad you should be down at the delightful Devon Beaches. The only problem is that, when the summer comes, most of us who want to go to the beach need to look out for our own safety. This is not to say that the beaches are dangerous – but, like being at any other event or place, it helps to be vigilant. To make sure that if you bring the kids with you that they can be safe, be sure to follow these beach safety rules for kids.
This will help you make sure that your trip to the Devon beaches can be as problem-free as possible!
One common issue is not knowing the signs of the Devon beaches. If you see a red flag it means you cannot get out there and swim. A red and yellow flag means that you should stay between the flags and that you will have supervision from lifeguards.
Black and white flags means that surfers are in the area, too. This means you cannot swim in that particular part of the water until they are finished.
The Devon beaches are wonderful places but you also need to be prepared to be quite vigilant about what could potentially take place around you when you are here. For example, make sure that your kids always tie inflatables to the shore. Ensure that your children are within reach of you at all times – even a half second can be too long.
Make sure that your rubber rings are tied down to the beach because, with just a basic wind, they can blow away. Keep them nearby with the kids and everyone has a stable, easy way to enjoy the water.
Always try and swim in line with the shore, too. Going out too deep puts you and others at danger and means that your children are at risk, too. Make sure you only ever swim in clear line of the lifeguards, too. If you are unable to help it pays to know you have professional assistance in earshot.
Never drink alcohol and then go for a swim. Even a few drinks is enough to make you lose your concentration and put your life at risk. Also, try avoid going for a swim in the sea after eating – this can leave you cramped up and leaves you at risk. Always make sure you check with the lifeguards before swimming. The tide can be deceptively strong and leave you and/or family members at risk. You can simply avoid this by using the various guidelines above, or by just asking.
Keep clear of all cliff edges – they might look like good balancing spots but their wetness makes them really dangerous to lean on. Also, avoid going near cliff edges the wetness can make them nearly impossible to avoid falling from.
Not to put you off going to the Devon beaches, of course, but vigilance can save lives! Take this into account and look out for potential health hazards when spending time at the beach with the family.
Sun damage can occur long before you are even aware so the best approach to sun protection is preventative. Even if it looks like it is going to be an overcast day, UV rays can still be harmful to your skin so the best advice is to take a few precautions to ensure you don’t end up with an uncomfortable Summer glow. Wearing a hat goes a long way to keep the sun off your face and neck though to be extra careful, particularly if you have fair skin, apply sunscreen to exposed areas to prevent harmful rays from irritating your skin. Finding a spot in the shade is not only much more comfortable but can help avoid getting caught out. Extra precautions would also apply if you are taking children and infants out for a day at the beach since they have a much lower tolerance when it comes to the sun.
Check for Information Signage
To fully enjoy a day out at the beach you would want to make sure you are following any recommendations or rules which may apply to keep you safe. Signage is often posted up along the beach providing advice on where and when to swim as well as what you can and can’t bring on the beach. This is to ensure the protection and enjoyment for all beach goers so any advice you are given is best followed.
What might seem like a bit of fun could ultimately end in disaster. Tombstoning has become popular in recent years and extensive covered by the media, yet this craze has costed the lives and livelihoods and a number of teenagers. To avoid ruining a perfect summer at the beach, it might be best to steer clear from this activity and seek thrills from elsewhere since it might not end the way you expect it to.
Be Aware of Changing Tides
Be sure to check the tidal times before enjoying your day at the beach. This is particularly important when taking your children with you, since changing tides can be gradual yet can go unnoticed until they have already changed dramatically. Keep an eye on children when swimming and be sure to be aware of when the tides are coming in and when they are leaving out to sea.
Currents can catch you out when you least expect. One moment you might be swimming into shore yet find yourself not moving any closer, this is when you are caught in a rip. Rips can be particularly dangerous for those who are not used to swimming at the beach since they might have less strength and not knowing what to expect. You may be alerted to rips through signage on particularly dangerous days, pay attention to these recommendations and avoid swimming outside red and yellow flags since these are set up in the safest areas to swim, avoiding the worst of the rip currents.
Stings from Jellyfish, Weever Fish and Insects
Not only can it be incredibly painful but it can also ruin a particularly good day at the beach. While it may not always be possible to avoid strings from aquatic life, there are some precautions you can take to avoid the worst of it. Always follow recommendations from lifeguards regarding jellyfish in the waters, particularly during jellyfish season. If you do by chance get stung but any animal out in the water, seek treatment from lifeguards or with protective lotion, stings may be painful but they are not life threatening.