Florida is home to some of the best beaches in the world, which makes it convenient to enjoy some fun in the sun with the whole family. The beach is a great place for fun and relaxation, however, it also poses some dangers if proper safety precautions are not taken. Before heading out on your next beach day, here are 5 things to consider when making safety a top priority:

 

Weather:

As Floridians, we know the weather can change within a matter of minutes. Always, check the local weather report before heading to the beach. Should you hear thunder or see lightning on the horizon, pack up and move inside or to a safe location.

 

Swimming Safety:

Swimming in the ocean poses different dangers than a pool and requires different awareness level. Rip currents and rip tides account for hundreds of deaths each year. Never swim alone or out of your comfort zone. Visit a beach where a lifeguard is present, and check with them to swim in the in safest locations.

 

Wildlife:

Florida beaches are home to an abundance of wildlife. Although most ocean life does not cause much worry, it’s always a good idea to beware of a few creatures which may cause some harm. Shark attacks are extremely rare, but it is recommended to swim near the shore and avoid wearing shiny jewelry or swimsuits.  Stingrays and jellyfish can cause some harm and irritation should you be stung. In the event you are injured by a stingray or jellyfish, immediately, alert a lifeguard for aid.

 

Slather on the SPF:

To protect against UV-A and UV-B rays, apply sufficient sunscreen. The FDA recommends a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and be sure to reapply every two hours or so, especially if you are swimming or sweating.

 

Hydrate:

The sun and the heat of the beach can lead to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sun poisoning. Make sure you pack lots of drinking water for you, your family, and friends. While it is tempting to quench your thirst with a cold alcoholic beverage, try to limit your alcohol intake, as it can dehydrate you and impair your judgment.

 

We hope you take these tips into consideration before your next beach outing, enjoy your days of fun in the Florida sun.

 

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