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Tips on Preventing Injury at the Beach

Spending a day at the beach is a great way to rejuvenate and enjoy your Hawaii vacation. If you're with your family and have young children, be sure to remember these tips to help you stay as safe as you can be.

Pay Attention To Warning Signs - Pay attention to various signs that alert beachgoers of hazardous conditions. Some of these signs are permanent while others are posted daily. If you're not sure what certain signs mean, be sure to ask a lifeguard. Some warnings may involve high surf or the presence of jellyfish or sharks in the water.

If Children Can't Swim, Don't Let Them Go into the Water - Having swimming skills is an important tool to have when in the water, especially the ocean. If your little ones haven't learned how to swim yet, it's best to be safe and not go into the water.

Ask About Wave Conditions - Ask a local lifeguard about wave conditions before you get into the water. Rip currents account for most rescues performed by lifeguards. These are powerful, channeled currents of water that flow away from the shore and can quickly pull even very strong swimmers far out to sea.

Know the Real Signs of Drowning - Unlike what's portrayed on TV, folks who are drowning cannot wave or call for help. Also, a drowning body remains upright in the water, commonly without evidence of kicking.

Apply sunscreen property. To avoid sunburn, make sure you apply sunscreen before going out into the sun. 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.

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