Some of the most common beach hazards likely to mar, if not completely ruin, your beach holiday include:
- Drowning or near-drowning accidents
- Injuries by dangerous sea creatures
- Sunburn and heat stroke
The following provides brief suggestions on how to minimise the risk posed by these common beach hazards.
Drowning or near drowning
The risk of near-drowning and drowning incidents is probably the most serious of the common beach hazards dealt with here. It can, however, be significantly reduced by:
- Always swimming in designated swimming areas, indicated by flags, on lifeguard-patrolled beaches
- Not getting into the water on lilos or other small inflatables, as these can be swept out to sea
Never over-estimating your own strength and abilities and refraining from swimming out further than you can handle is equally important.
Injuries by dangerous marine creatures like sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and other potentially harmful creatures can also be prevented by keeping an eye on the flags put up by life guards, which will show when the presence of potentially harmful sea life makes getting into the sea dangerous.
Dangerous weather and water conditions will, by the way, also be signalled by relevant flags.
The risk of heatstroke and sunburn can be minimised by wearing adequate sunscreens, sun hats and or loose clothing when relaxing on the beach. Keeping well hydrated by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids is equally important.
Other common beach hazards
Then, of course, there is the risk of injuries by slips, trips and falls. Injuries by slipping and tripping may happen on wet rocks while rock pooling or in beach shops, cafes and other facilities.
The risk of being injured by a slip, trip or fall can be minimised by wearing suitable footwear, something with good grip, when rock pooling or walking along rocky coast lines and minding your step when in beach facilities.
Reporting any potential slip or trip common beach hazards, such as spills, loose or damaged walkways, for example, to responsible owners of such facilities, will also help to prevent beach accidents.
Unfortunate beach incidents
If, in spite of your best efforts, you are injured on a beach, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation if:
- Someone else caused your accident on the beach
- Your trip, slip or fall or other accident occurred no more than three years ago
You can confirm claim eligibility, learn more about personal injury claims in general and enlist an in-house Accident Advice Helpline solicitor by calling us from a landline or mobile on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice