A Simple Guide to Beach Safety
There are some beach hazards that others might not be aware of or wouldn’t know how to respond to when faced with such problems. Beach hazards may come from punctured wounds, marine toxins and other risks. It is important to be guarded and aware when out in the water.
Cuts from barnacles and punctures from sea urchins are painful and take a lot of time to heal. A stingray injury is quite severe. Stingrays can be camouflaged in shallow water areas, beneath the sand so you might unavoidably step on them. To avoid this injury, you should move around a lot while wading in the water. The victim can receive treatment in an emergency clinic but in case this is not possible, quickly remove the stinger, immerse the area in hot water (45°C) for up to 90 minutes and also in vinegar, take pain relief, and be wary for shock and infection treatment.
Jellyfish stings are quite common. To remedy this, flush the area with saltwater, remove tentacles with tweezers, wash with vinegar to neutralize venom and take pain reliever. In case of allergic reaction, dial 911.
Getting caught in a riptide can cause panic to swimmers. Remain calm to reserve your energy and do not swim against the current. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current’s pull.
Always take precautions so you can have a smooth sailing beach vacation!