Every year, millions of people head to the beach. Although the sun, sand, and sea seems like a great combination, the beach can be a death trap if you fail to take proper precautions.
Some of the most significant dangers are experienced when people are swimming in the sea.
According to the International Life Saving Federation, 1.2 million people die from drowning every year.
Here are some safety tips.
1 Be Aware of Rip Currents
Rip currents are the cause of deaths on our nation’s beaches every year. Most rescues performed by lifeguards are due to swimmers getting in trouble in rip currents.
Beachgoers should be aware of how dangerous these rip currents are, and only swim at beaches with lifeguards in the designated swimming area. Rip currents can occur in any large open water area, such as breaks in sandbars, or close to structures such as jetties and piers.
If you are caught in a rip current, you should draw attention to yourself. If you are caught in a rip current, always stay calm and don’t fight it.
Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. When you are free, turn and swim toward the shore.
2 Protect Children
Young children are the most vulnerable of swimmers. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets in and close to the water. Nobody should use any other type of floatation device unless they are able to swim. These can give a false sense of security.
3 Don’t Dive
Every year, we hear about swimmers who suffer serious neck injuries from diving in the water. Never dive headfirst. You should know the depth of the water you are entering and go in feet first the first time.
4 Follow Instructions
Always follow the instructions from life guards and never swim when red flags are flying.
5 Protect yourself from the sun
Always use a broad spectrum of sunscreen to protect you against UV-A and UV-B radiation. You should also protect your eyes. According to the American Optometric Association you should wear sunglasses whenever you are outside in the sun.
6 Beware of Electrical Hazards
Never swim in places like marinas where electricity from boats may leak into the water. Swimmers in places like these have been electrocuted.
7 Be Aware of Water Quality Issues
High levels of bacteria and other harmful chemicals in the water can cause problems like gastrointestinal illnesses in swimmers. When you are visiting the beach, be aware of all beach closures and advisories.
8 Watch out for Hotel Hazards
On occasions, vacationers can be harmed at hotels they are staying in whether in the swimming pool or by a fire or a balcony railing that fails. People in holiday homes may be injured by deck collapses. In some cases, the owners of these buildings can be held liable.
Enjoy your vacation but take care. If you have been harmed due to the fault of another person, you should consider calling a Georgia personal injury lawyer. Call (404) 913-1529.