Monday, April 29, 2013

Beach Safety Tips for Kids

Protect your skin

We use sunscreen as our choice for protecting our skin from UV RAYS. We also have looked into getting swim wear with uv ray protection. Be sure to check how often sunscreen needs to be applied as well as how long it is water resistant if it is. 

Partner up

This is a safety rule from when I was younger. My parent made sure to have us partner up with a sibling, family member, or friend. This is a rule we use with many outings. The kids know to hold hands and stay together.  Choose a partner before even leaving to the beach it helps to know ahead of time.

Don’t pass the adult

It was great to have my brother go to the beach with us. He was our safety point. The kids knew that they could only go as far as where he was. Having an adult but the safety point and letting the kids know that is the farthest they can go helps to prevent any unwanted situation of danger. I also took this time to remind them how fast the water can carry them off but staying in front of the adults gives us time to come to the rescue.

Keep close to the adults

Even if you are not in the water be sure to have an adult near by. This goes along with our last talk about stranger danger and paying attention to our surroundings. The beach can be very busy and getting lost can be easy.

Non Swimmers

My kids have yet to learn to swim. While one knows how to float the other is just terrified to try. The rule for non swimmers in our family is to stay down in shallow or no water areas. This was easy because they both wanted to stay together.

Spot the Lifeguard

If your beach has a lifeguard on duty point out where they are. I showed the kids where the lifeguard tower and truck was on the beach in a case of an emergency that was the safe place to go.

Don’t pick up anything on the beach without permission

The kids wanted to pick up shells and little critters which I'm ok with but when I started seeing our beach had additional litter I knew this had to be a new rule. The kids now have to ask to pick up something on the beach because not everything is safe.

Enjoy your summer!!! :)

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