If you are heading off on holidays this year or planning to catch some sunshine at one of the UK’s beaches it is important to take a few precautions to keep your friends and family safe.
We aren’t just talking about packing your sun cream and lounger.
The seaside comes with many hidden dangers but here are five you can watch out for:
In the UK rip currents represent one of the major causes of rescues and drownings for beach users and as a result many beaches now have their own lifeguard presence. These powerful channels of water can flow away from the shore quickly and pull swimmers out to sea.
Sometimes these can be identified by a section of smooth water located between breaking waves. The best way to stay safe is be aware of the danger and if you do find yourself caught in a current try to stay calm, swim parallel to the shore and back to land at an angle.
2)POOR WATER QUALITY
High levels of bacteria and other chemicals in the water can cause illnesses in those who choose to swim. It is best to be aware of all advisory notices before you get in the water and take heed of any official warnings. You can find more information on the quality of your local bathing water by clicking here.
3)MISSING LIFE BUOYS
It is sensible to be aware of the life buoys close to you on any beach so that you are prepared in case of an emergency. Life buoys can be a target for vandals and are sometimes damaged or removed from their enclosures.
Having to check for life buoys may soon be a thing of the past though as The Lava Group has designed Sentry, an award winning product that electronically monitors the presence of a lifebuoy and throw rope within a lifebuoy enclosure. An alarm is triggered when a lifebuoy is removed from the enclosure allowing for it to be quickly located and replaced.
Waves can be very erratic and will change according to if the tide is coming in or going out. They can be heightened by large boats going past if you are swimming close to a shipping channel. You also should be aware of ‘shorebreak’, waves which break very close to shore. These can signal a steep drop into deep water from shallow and will break at a harder force than those further out. They have been known to cause serious injury to swimmers.
Jellyfish are to the sea what wasps are to land. Most jellyfish have the ability to sting, and these will range in severity depending on the species. When on land watch out for beached jellies as they can still sting. So too can the tentacles alone!
If you are stung avoid rinsing with water and do see a doctor if you have an allergic reaction.
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