Three of the most dangerous beach products parents should definitely avoid buying for their children if they wish to prevent beach accidents are inflatables such as small rubber dinghies, lilos, and novelty inflatable toys
While these products can be great fun, they are also easily swept out to sea even if there is only a light breeze.
Protecting your children against harmful UV rays is obviously of utmost importance. There are, however, some sunscreens that definitely fall into the list of dangerous beach products to avoid. These products include sunscreens:
- With ultra-high factors: these products may tempt you to stay in the sun longer than you should and not protect you adequately. They may also penetrate deep into the skin and could potentially, according to ewg.org, cause the very skin cancers you are trying to prevent
- Containing oxybenzone: able to mimic oestrogen, this chemical can cause hormonal imbalances and related health problems
- Containing retinyl palmitate: although added to sunscreens by many manufacturers, this form of vitamin A could, if applied to skin in sunlight, speed development of skin lesions and tumours (ewg.org)
Other dangerous beach products
Other products you should avoid getting include:
- Body or surf boards without relevant safety marks or a leash enabling you to keep your board safely with you while in the water
- Snorkelling or diving gear without relevant safety marks
- Dinghies, kayaks or canoes without safety marks
Naturally, it is essential to prevent accidents on the beach by ensuring all of these items do not appear to be damaged in any way before making a purchase, even if a safety mark is present.
Avoiding potentially dangerous beach products will go a long way towards avoiding personal injuries. Apart from these and obvious water-related risks, there are, however, other risks you should be aware of.
Such risks include, the risk of injury by slips, trips and falls in beach cafés or shops, slip or trip injuries while exploring rock pools, and injuries by scalding in cafés, for example.
If you suffered an injury by tripping or falling or any other beach-related accident and someone else was responsible for your accidental injury, you could be entitled to make a public liability claim.
Accident Advice Helpline personal injury experts can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Find out how by calling us on 0800 689 0500 or, from your mobile, 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice