Spending a day at the beach sounds like pure bliss. But like anything in life there are hazards that we need to be aware of. We need to be able to prevent injuries from happening and to keep our family or ourselves safe while enjoying a beautiful and blissful day at the beach. Being aware, preventing and how to handle emergency as they arise is something we do with little though. Keeping those that we care about safe while having fun is an important part of life and sometimes, we do it without much thought.
Some key hazards to be aware of when at the beach:
1. The waves and the under tow - there are numerous hazards that surround the water. Even the strongest swimmers can find themselves in danger. If your down at the beach keeping a watchful eye not only on the little ones but whomever you go to the beach with. Being caught in an under tow can take anyone by surprise
2. Seashells that wash up - they are lovely to look at and some of them are even beautiful to pick up. But there are some of them that can have really sharp edges that could cause a nasty cut
3. Bluebottles and other jelly fish - Even though they might look interesting, but some types can deliver a nasty sting. Being aware of what type of season they could be found or what type of storm/winds could wash them a shore.
4. Crowded areas - When there are a lot of people on the beach, one can get sidetracked when you should be watching a loved one or child in the ocean. Drownings are more likely to occur when there are lots of people around. It’s easy to lose someone in a crowd of people.
5. Sun - It’s all fun and games till someone gets burned. Forgetting to put sunscreen on or reapplying sunscreen could leave a nasty burn. The other hazard about being out in the sun is the risk of dehydration.
6. Sand - Sand castles and digging your feet in to the warm sand can be lots of fun. Hot sand can cause burns to the bottom of your feet. When kids are playing with sand, they could be tossing around might end up in someone’s eye. Or when shaking out beach towels you want to ensure that it’s not towards anyone else being in the way. This could lead to sand in the eyes
7. Beach toys – When setting up at the beach to play volleyball or any other game where your tossing a ball or object you want to ensure that there aren’t any people around that could be hit in the head. As a lot of beach toys could be made of a hard material they could deliver a nasty blow to the head.
8. Glass and other broken items – Unfortunately there are a lot of broken glass or sharp objects that either wash up on the beach or that get left behind after a beach party or gathering. Looking where you are walking or digging to prevent cuts
9. Crabs – They are not fun to step on or to play with. They might look cute but will defend themselves by pinching and clinging on to your skin
10. Nighttime – The beach and ocean look lovely at night with the reflection of the moon shining and reflecting off it. It might be hard to see some of the hazards that was visible during the day. The ocean can be unpredictable, and you can’t see the swell or undertow. And if you’re swept away or drown it could make it hard to be noticed. A lot of the sea creatures become active at night and you might not want to step on them or become mistaken for food.