Beach Safety Tips for Families

Are you headed to a beach for a family vacation this year? Have fun and make sure to follow these beach safety tips! It is important to think ahead and follow these safety tips so you are ready for any situation that may arise! The beach is a great place for families to spend the day, playing in the water, building sandcastles, and relaxing!

Beach Safety Flags

Beaches use safety flags to warn visitors of dangerous situations. All beaches might have different colors for different situations, but they will have it posted on what they mean. Generally a green flag indicates the ocean is calm and clear. Yellow indicates moderate surf and currents, and to be cautious. Red indicates the beach is closed or that it has a strong surf and current and to be careful. Blue or Purple means potentially dangerous marine life (sharks or jellyfish, etc) are spotted in the area. NOTE: all beaches are different so make sure to be aware of what the flags mean at the beach you are going to.

Protect Yourself From the Sun

Most beaches are open so you can’t find many shaded spots. Make sure to bring a beach umbrella. Pack a few types of good sunscreen to protect from sunburns and harmful UV rays.  Make sure to reapply often and take time out to go into the shade. Also pack drinks to stay hydrated in the heat. If you have a floppy hat and sunglasses, that helps to on protecting yourself from the sun and the heat.

Wear Shoes

The sand can be very hot, and you want to make sure you have shoes on your kids and yourself. Buy shoes that are made specifically for water and beach wear. It is an investment you should make. If you don’t want to wear those, at least wear flip flops, you don’t want anyone’s feet to burn or get something stuck in your foot.

Safe Swim Areas

Most beaches have designated areas for swimming. Not all areas on the beach are safe, so make sure to look for marked spots that are designated. Swimming in areas not approved as safe are literally life threatening and not worth the risk.

Be Aware of Ocean Life

Depending on the area you are at, you need to be aware of ocean life. You might come across crabs, they are well known for pinching so be careful. They could be hiding in little rocks and such if you are out exploring. When you are in the water be aware for jelly fish and other ocean life. Be aware of what is under your feet as well.

All beaches are different, so remember the rules, conditions vary. The lifeguard that is on duty is a great person to go to for your questions.

Enjoy your day at the beach and be safe.