A Day at The Beach


A Day at The BeachWhile the summer of COVID-19 continues, many Americans are looking for ways to get their recreation and vacation fixes without putting themselves at risk. Having a good old-fashioned day at the beach is a great option. Whether you're trying to minimize the risks of the virus or a jellyfish sting, make sure to follow these guidelines during your excursion to stay safe and protected.

Social Distancing:

If you're going to be hanging out in proximity to others for an extended period of time, it's especially important to practice social distancing. You might prefer to visit a beach that has clear rules for and enforcement of social distancing measures. If you can't maintain a distance of six feet from other beach-goers, find a less crowded spot, wear a mask, or just head home and try another day.

Sun Protection:

Even though it seems like the world is ending, you should still wear sunscreen, just in case it doesn't. Make sure you have a broad spectrum version with an SPF of 25-35. Apply liberally before you go out into the sun, and wait 15 minutes to let it soak in and start working. If you have some leftover sunscreen in a bottle that sat in your beach bag all last year, throw it out. Finally, make sure to reapply every four hours or so, or more frequently if you're going in the water.

Ocean Safety:

If you want to plan to get into the water, be sure to play it safe. Choose a beach where a lifeguard is present, and check in about current conditions. The American Red Cross also recommends swimming in designated areas with a buddy, as well as having a realistic sense of your own capabilities.

Bathroom Breaks:

It's likely that you'll need to access a public restroom while you're out for the day. When doing so, be sure to wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands before and after, and don't touch anything you don't have to; use a sanitizing wipe or paper towel instead if you can.

Stay Cool:

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be dangerous and even deadly. Take extra care to make sure little ones and older members of the family don't get overheated. Drink plenty of water, pack an umbrella for shade, take frequent breaks from physical activity, and make sure you know the signs of heat exhaustion (sweating, nausea, cramps) and heat stroke (fatigue, extreme weakness, loss of consciousness) so you can act quickly if they occur.

First Aid:

Scrapes, water up the nose, sunburn and jellyfish stings are common injuries that might happen at the beach. Fortunately they are usually minor, and can often be handled with a basic first aid kit and a little TLC.

Stay Present:

If you're spending the day with small children, it's critically important that you make sure they are supervised at all times, especially if they are playing in the water. Avoid alcohol and other intoxicants, and don't zone out sunbathing with your beach novel or podcast when it's your turn to be watching. Ocean conditions can change quickly, and you need to be ready and alert if something happens.

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