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Ocean Safety For Parents

Enjoying some beach time is a great outdoor activity to spend with your family. To ensure your family's safety, here are some helpful reminders for parents about ocean safety.

Life Jackets for small children. - The ocean can be unpredictable so keeping your little ones in their life jackets adds a layer of protection in case a wave catches them by surprise.

Make sure children face the water - Teach kids to stand with their back to the beach and face toward the ocean so that waves don't sneak up on them and knock them over.

Be careful of Jellyfish - Jellyfish are clear, tentacled creatures that give off an irritating sting. The box jellyfish is commonly found near the shore. Every month, about 9-12 days after a full moon, jellyfish drift close to shore. Signs will usually be posted in areas with heavy jellyfish invasion. In case you get stung, do not scratch the are. Rinse your skin with ocean water or freshwater. If you or your child experience an allergic reaction and have breathing difficulty, call 911.

Apply sunscreen. For sunscreen to be effective, you will need a thick layer. A full ounce of sunscreen is recommended. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your ears, around your neck, on your hands, and on the bottom of your feet. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you go out and re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours. If you have a young baby, try to avoid outdoor activities between the midday hours when the sun’s rays are the most direct.

Watch out for Rip Currents - Rip Currents are powerful, channeled currents of water that flow away from the shore and can pull even strong swimmers far out to sea. Before you or your kids head into the water, check the weather and potential hazards. Check the ocean conditions before entering the water and be sure to look out for any warning signs posted. Ask a lifeguard about water conditions, beach conditions, and potential hazards.
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