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Beach Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Beach dangers and how to avoid them

Only the most sheltered of people will probably dislike a day at the beach. Who can resist the warm embrace of the ocean air as you enjoy playing around the sand and sea?

But the beach is not without its small and big dangers as well. Injury and pain follow closely to those who are too carefree on the beach area. In this list, we take note of both common and uncommon sources of injury. But don’t worry, this list is just to help you avoid getting hurt, not to scare you from having an awesome beach day:

Beach dangers and how to avoid them

Sunburns

The sun is truly a bright and comforting presence that has blessed us with both light too see and warmth to live. But too much of a good thing is never right. Bathing yourself with too sunlight for long periods of time is never a good idea and you might end up burning your skin greatly. This may lead to terrible skin condition and in worst cases, skin cancer.

How to avoid/treat:

Application of sunblock is your first priority when you go out to the beach. Try to avoid staying under direct sunlight for long periods of time, opting to rest under the shade of an umbrella or a tree every now and then.

Beach dangers and how to avoid them

Jellyfish

These flimsy little creatures may seem to pose no threat, but the toxin filled barbs on their tentacles beg to differ. Many different types of these creatures also hold many different types of chemicals that have multiple effects on the human body. While some may only pose minimal threat such as skin inflammation, others pose a much bigger risk such as paralyzation or even body malfunctions.

How to avoid/treat:

Try to survey the beach area first with things like signs and warnings from the locals. Oftentimes, parts of the water where these creatures often originate from are blocked off so watch out for these barriers. If you come into contact with one of them and a negative reaction occurs, remove any remaining tentacle or stinger still attached to your body and douse the affected area with vinegar or baking soda paste.

Beach dangers and how to avoid them

Strong Currents

It’s important to always be aware of your surrounding. Look out for signs that may signify dangerous places within certain areas of the water. These come in the form of very strong currents near the shores. These currents are capable of carrying even able-bodied swimmers to the far reaches of the ocean with little effort or resistance.

How to avoid/treat:

As with the threat of jellyfish, always be aware of the surrounding area. Sometimes, you won't be able to detect these things properly without fair warning from signs or advice from the locals. Keep close to the shore and do not stray into deep water where not even the lifeguards can see you. Be sure to tell one or two people where you’re going to so that they may know where to search for you if anything unfortunate happens.

Beach dangers and how to avoid them

Stingrays

Shark movies, with their animatronic or CGI effects, show us that these huge beasts are bloodthirsty creatures of the deep. But you’re more likely to step on the thorny tail of a stingray than to get your arm bitten off by Jaws. Despite the flat and unprotected looking body of the stingray, their tails contain sharp spikes and poison. Some people may be unlucky enough to find a sharp, bony barb from a camouflaged stingray impaling their foot. But don’t worry, unless you have some allergic reaction to the poison, you will feel nothing but great pain and slight irritation.

How to avoid/treat:

Be in the know if the waters you’re occupying are the homes of such creatures. If that is the case, always watch your step as they masterfully disguise themselves among the sands submerged in water. If you do get stung, do not remove the barb yourself. Seek help from another party in bringing you over to some professional medical help as it will take some expertise to treat a wound inflicted by these simple creatures.

Beach dangers and how to avoid them

Marine Debris

Some people make it a pastime of their to collect trinkets on the shoreline like pretty rocks or shells. But running all willy nilly into a sharp coral branch or on an area with jagged rocks is not fun in any context. Even man-made things irresponsibly dumped into the beaches can pose a danger to others.

How to avoid/treat:

Before running willy nilly into the beach, move slowly and feel around the area with your feet. Look out for things like thorny shells, broken beer bottles and many other sharp or pointy objects. If you’ve been injured and have an open, bleeding wound, get out of the water quickly and seek help from any nearby medical personnel.

It’s all fun and games until you get hurt while taking in the sun and the sand, so take extra care and live out your beach vacation.