Thinking about heading out to the beach? The beach is the ultimate destination to cool off and enjoy a sunny day out, especially in California, where the sun never seems to stop shining. It is your chance to find some relief from the sweltering inland and valley weather.
Protect Yourself from the Elements
Taking vacations, heading out to the beach—they all carry some risk. When you are out on the beach, remember that the waves are controlled by nature. This is something that is well beyond our control. The rise and fall of the tides can often lap quite far up onto the beach. Perhaps you may have laughed playfully at other beachgoers who have found that their beach spot has been washed up by a high tide, also known as rip currents, which can happen without warning.
Another element is the sun, which can leave you with severe burns and fry you like an egg after only a few minutes. We suggest wearing a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15. Apply liberally and often, especially if you come into contact with the water.
Other tips we suggest include:
- Stay hydrated
- Protect your eyes, hands, feet, and neck from the sun
- Have children wear floaties or use other similar flotation devices
- Keep a close eye on every child who is with you
- Choose a lifeguarded beach and ensure that there are enough on-staff
- Alcohol and grilling are usually not permitted on the beach—avoid bringing these items
One other note: be wary of the wildlife whose habitat you are entering into–this could include stingrays, jellyfish, or even sharks. Some beaches post warning signs, with flags representing a color code system. One example is that purple flags could mean that there may be sharks or jellyfish swimming around that day. A red flag could mean that the beach is closed to the public and is otherwise, unsafe to swim in.
Need more tips? Call us!
Our Long Beach injury lawyers at Overett Group are committed to your safety as you enjoy all that summer has to bring. Do not hesitate to turn to us for legal advice for any personal injury matters or would like more tips on how best to stay safe.
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