A trip to the beach on a hot summer day is a classic summer experience enjoyed by millions each year. 2023 will surely be no different. But if you’re planning on heading to the beach this summer, there are 3 critical beach safety tips you’ll want to pay careful attention to.
Tip #1: Swim Safely and Responsibly
Swimming in the ocean is obviously one of the primary attractions at the beach. However, it’s essential to be aware of potential dangers. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death at beaches, with rip currents being a major factor. According to a study conducted by the National Weather Service, rip currents are responsible for an average of 100 deaths in the US each year. To stay safe, it’s crucial to swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Additionally, learn how to identify and escape rip currents. If caught in one, remember to swim parallel to the shore until you’re free from the pull caused by the waves.
Tip #2: Protect Yourself from Sun Exposure
Secondly protecting yourself from sunburns can also help prevent skin cancer later on down the road. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 before going outside. They also recommend reapplying sunscreen every few hours. According to the Skin Cancer Foundations, one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer before they turn 70. Reapplying sunscreen, especially during the peak sun hours from 10am – 4pm will help reduce the risk.
Tip #3: Stay Hydrated & Avoid Heat Exhaustion
Finally, staying hydrated throughout the day will help prevent heat exhaustion or other complications related to dehydration which can occur during especially hot days at the beach. Although sugary or alcoholic drinks might be tempting when lounging around on a sandy shore all day, avoiding them will actually help you stay more hydrated.
In conclusion, by following these 3 beach safety tips in 2023, you can have an enjoyable and safe experience while soaking up some sun.