The lure of the water and the cool breeze are enough to have people flocking to local beaches. While beaches are not without their inherent dangers, larger beach cities like Panama, Fort Lauderdale, and Myrtle Beach may be even more dangerous when it comes to your health and safety. No matter which body of water you will be visiting, knowing your risks can help keep you safe.
It sounds like something out of the movies, but sharks are a very real danger this year. While most people will never see a shark in their lifetime, an unfortunate few will be the victim of attack. Pay attention to posted warnings and, if there have been reports of attacks in the local news, steer clear of that beach or enjoy the ocean from the shore.
In crowded cities, drivers can be found both on beach and off. Don’t get so caught up in what you are doing that you forget to keep your wits about you. Look both ways before you cross any street and, if you see a vehicle driving down the beach, get out of the way.
Beach pollution is a common thing. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, there are polluted beaches up and down both coasts. Heed any warnings put out by officials, and always bathe with soap and water after you have been in the sea. If you begin to feel sick, see a doctor and be sure to tell them that you were swimming at the beach.
The sun’s rays are most harmful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., but you can get a severe burn any time. Wear the proper sunscreen, sit under the shade, and wear protective clothing. Don’t forget your head…a hat is a must if you don’t want the top of your noggin burnt to a crisp.
If there are shore break conditions, be mindful of your behavior in the water. Do not dive under head first, and check the depth before you venture further. Shore breaks can make the water appear deeper than it is, and a crashing wave can easily break your spine or neck.
Staying safe at the beach is not a difficult thing to do if you remain mindful. Know the dangers, and pay attention to any warnings that are posted on the beach. When you do these things, you enjoy a day of fun and relaxation.
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