Health Tip: Be Safe at the Beach
(HealthDay News) -- When your family is headed to the beach for some fun in the sun, it's a good idea to go over a few basic safety rules to keep everyone safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics lists these safety rules when you're at the beach:
Ward off dehydration by making sure everyone in the family drinks plenty of water (or other drinks without carbonation or alcohol) before they feel thirsty.
Make sure everyone swims only in designated swim areas and within eyesight of a lifeguard.
Never allow anyone to swim alone.
Don't swim in rip currents; make sure all family members know if they are caught in a rip current to swim parallel to the shore and not against the current.
If it starts to storm, head away from the beach and seek shelter.
Pay attention to traffic if the beach allows cars.
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