Common Beach-Related Injuries
The sun keeps us warm, gives us light and makes all living things grow.
Our planet would not exist without the sun. But the sun also sends out
harmful utlra-violet radiation (UVA and UVB rays), that can cause blistering
sunburns, wrinkled skin, eye damage and skin cancer. Keep your skin healthy
by following these skin protection tips:
- Apply a waterproof sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or
higher and UVA/UVB (broad-spectrum) protection, 15 minutes before going
outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you’re
sweating or swimming. There’s no such thing as all-day protection,
even if your sunscreen is waterproof.
- When possible, avoid exposure to the sun during the peak hours of 10:00
to 4:00, when the sun is strongest.
- Wear protective clothing and sunglasses. Wear a hat, canvas is best, with
a brim all the way around. Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long
pants made of tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. If this
isn’t possible, wear a dry t-shirt or a beach cover-up and boost
your protection by always wearing sunscreen.
- Seek shade whenever possible.
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Cuts, abrasions and fractures
Cuts, abrasions and fractured or dislocated shoulders, wrists and ankles
frequently occur from inappropriate use of sports equipment such as surfboards
and boogie boards. To avoid these types of accidents, familiarize yourself
with your equipment. Make sure it is the appropriate type and size for
you, and know your limitations when using it.
Never bring glass containers to the beach. Broken glass, hidden under the
sand, is a potential booby trap for anyone in bare feet.
Burns due to fire pits
Always assume that every fire pit is hot, even if it is full of sand and
there is no smoke. People often attempt to extinguish a fire by covering
the coals with sand. But instead of putting out the fire, the sand acts
like an oven, allowing the coals to remain red hot for as long as 24 hours
or more. Children, the most common victims of fire pit burns, may mistake
the fire pits for sandboxes. Anyone who walks or falls on the coals can
be severely burned, and a small child may sustain life-threatening burns.
When using a fire pit, please be sure to extinguish the coals completely
with water, not sand!