The forecast for a day on the beach has a 100 percent chance of being awesome. But a day of sun, surf, and sand isn’t without its risks. To ensure your time at the beach is super, remember these three simple safety tips: Watch for signs, use sunscreen, and drink plenty of water.
Watch for Signs
Drowning ranks fifth in unintentional deaths in the United States, which averages around 10 deaths a day. Despite these scary numbers, Garden Grove residents can still enjoy a trip to the beach with proper precautions.
The crews at Newport Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, and other public beaches regularly monitor changes in water and weather conditions. Watch for signs and public, up-to-date postings warning of rip currents or other hazards to be sure you are swimming in areas designated safe for water activities.
Even a mild sunburn can spoil a sunny day at the beach. While factors vary, most unprotected skin types can burn in minutes, especially when the UV Index Scale is high. To avoid sun damage, apply at least one ounce of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors, and be sure to reapply every two hours. For added protection, pack a hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt.
The American Cancer Society has clarified that UV rays are strongest in the middle of the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are looking for a great time to grab some lunch indoors, schedule it somewhere within those hours.
Experts caution that most of us aren’t getting enough water during these warmer summer months, especially when we exercise or play outdoors. “It is important to replenish the water we lose when we sweat to prevent dehydration,” says Amy Shapiro, founder of Real Nutrition NYC. “One of the best ways to accomplish this is to drink water throughout the day and before you actually feel thirsty.” To make it easier, Shapiro suggests drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you need to drink at least 90 ounces of water every day.
Summer is a great time for family, fun, and time on the beach. Make sure that time together is safe by remembering to read signs, protect yourself from damaging sun rays, and swig plenty of water throughout the day.