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Children want to enjoy their day at the beach and parents should ensure the experience is a happy one, but there are some things that one should consider.
- Do you continuously watch out for your children when going to the beach?
- Never allow children to go climbing up cliffs, on high rocks and beach groynes.
- Never allow children to dig tunnels in the sand.
- Always obey the flag signals.
Never go in the water when the red flag is flying, under any circumstances. The Red flag indicates danger.
Red and yellow flags indicate the area patrolled by lifeguards. These are the safe areas to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.
Never swim or bodyboard in these areas. Black and white chequered flags indicate an area zoned by lifeguards for use of watercraft such as surfboards and kayaks.
Never use an inflatable when the sock is flying. the orange windsock indicates offshore wind conditions.
- Never swim alone.
- Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas. Always check tide times before you go. If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
- Keep a lookout for the tide's direction and be aware of how fast the water's coming in, especially if you're playing in rock pools.
- Never think it is safe to wave dodge. The sea is unpredictable and what looks like fun could end in tragedy with large waves taking you out to sea.
- Watch out for sharp rocks and beach litter.
- Do not go bathing near a sewage outlet.
Information provided by the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. For more details please visit www.rnli.org.uk.
Other dangers to watch out for on the beach
Broken glass and needles. Avoid areas where dangerous litter might be thrown onto the beach.
A common hazard found on the beach can be pollution. A recent survey of UK beaches showed more than 10% are failing to meet minimum standards for clean water.
The Marine Conservation Society have reported that raw sewage is still being pumped into the sea in some areas and is finding its way onto beaches.
There is a fish that can be found on some UK beaches called a Weever fish. If you are unlucky enough to step on one, you are likely to feel a sharp pain which gets worse and spreads along your leg, often causing swelling.
Many people can develop an allergic reaction as a result and may develop a rapid pulse, start to sweat, and feel nauseous as the poison travels further into the body.
Some people may collapse as a result, while others can develop chest pain, although the sting is not usually fatal.