Be safe at the beach this summer
25th June 2014
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On average, more than 400 people drown in the UK each year. Nearly 60 of these are children and young people.
 
We believe that the majority of drownings are preventable.
 
Make sure that you and your loved ones are not counted in this year’s drowning figures.
 
Here are some important water safety tips to help you stay safe:
 
At the Beach

1. Only swim at lifeguarded beaches.
2. Read safety signs at the entrance to the beach.
3. Learn the meanings of the lifeguard flags.
4. Check when the tide will be low and high, and make sure that you won’t be cut off
from the beach exit by the rising tide.
5. Never enter the water after drinking alcohol.
 
For more information on being safe in, on and near water, visit www.rlss.org.uk
 
A couple of final thoughts from me:
 
It's young children that are probably most at risk in the sea and with Jersey's big tidal ranges the sea could be some way away from where you are sitting. It's very easy for parents to lose sight of their children playing in the water and not be aware of a problem. When our children were young we always used to make sure that an adult was close to the water's edge just in case they got into difficulties. Better safe than sorry.
 
Make sure everyone is well protected with a high factor sun screen, even if it is a cloudy day. Again better safe than sorry.
 
Can you think of any additional 'safety' issues when on the beach?
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