Beach Safety For Kids
Beach Safety For Kids
Spending some time at the beach is a great activity for kids and adults alike. To make sure they are safe in the water, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Apply Sunscreen - It is very important to protect your kids from the harmful rays of the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunscreen liberally to all areas of exposed skin. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on all children age 6 months and up.
Other Sun Protection Gear - In addition to sunscreen, provide children with other sun protection items such as sunglasses, hats and a shady place to rest out of direct sunlight. Avoid spending too much time in the sun during the middle of the day with the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
Swimming in the Ocean is Different From Swimming In a Pool - Be aware ocean conditions or any warning signs in the area. Kids must swim with a buddy and keep away from piers, rocks or other structures, since currents can be strong around them. Coast Guard-approved life vests must be worn by kids who cannot swim, or struggling with swimming.
Hydrate and Snack - For adults and kids alike, be sure to drink lots of water when spending time on the beach. Be aware that hot temperatures can quickly spoil some food items that are not preserved correctly. Avoid foods with mayonaise and keep items in its proper temperature. Try to pack non-perishable items, such as peanut butter sandwiches or dried fruit.
Teach Kids To Watch Out For Jellyfish or Other Stinging Animals - Don't go into areas where sighted, or if dead box jellyfish are seen on the beach. Teach your kids about what some of the posted signs mean. Dead jellyfish can still sting, so tell your kids not to poke or prod animals that wash up on the sand.
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