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Staying Safe at the Beach with Young Children
Does the warm weather have you itching to head to the beach? Although the warm weather makes you want to have a relaxing day on the beach, you might be hesitant to go if you have young children. As a parent, you want to keep your children safe and this can be difficult to do on the beach. Even though it can be difficult, keeping your children safe on the beach is doable. If you’d like to pack up the kids and spend a day with your toes in the sand, follow these tips for a trip to the beach.
Use Safety Gear
Strapping safety gear onto your young children is a great way to keep your kids safe at the beach. Safety gear can be anything from a life jacket to arm floaties. Both of these can help keep your children afloat in a worst-case scenario. When choosing safety gear for your children to wear, always find gear that is sized appropriately and that won’t overheat your child.
Keep Both Eyes Open
Even with floaties and life jackets, your young children can still drown. Always keep your eyes open so that you can keep track of your children. If your children are old enough to go in the water, either go in the water with them or stand on the shore close enough so that you can assist your children as needed. This might mean you won’t have a relaxing day on the beach, but it will mean you have a safe day on the beach.
Check the Weather
Most people check the weather before they go to the beach, but oftentimes they simply check the temperature and if it’s sunny. Although you definitely want to check these, you might also want to check the wind since wind can cause large waves. This can be dangerous to even adept swimmers, so be cautious any time you notice a strong wind or high waves. You’ll also want to check any current advisories posted for the beach you’ll be visiting.
Setting boundaries, both in the sand and in the water, can help keep your young children safe. Boundaries in the sand help keep your children close enough for you to monitor, while boundaries in the water keep your children at a safe distance to shore. A great rule for a water boundary is to tell your children the water has to be under their knees. This keeps your children from going too far where they could drown or be caught by a rip current.
Be Cautious of the Sun
Not all beach safety rules have to do with the water. The sun can be an equally dangerous part of the beach. In order to keep your children safe, provide plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen throughout the day, especially if your children took a dip in the water. You might also want to consider using sun hats and beach umbrellas on those hot days. These items can shade your children and keep them safe from heat stroke.