The weather is finally improving, and on sunny days, there’s nothing more tempting than the lure of crashing waves and golden beaches. Walking on coastal piers, making sandcastles and splashing around in the sea may seem an ideal use of your time, but there are dangers lurking. If you’re planning a day at the seaside, this guide will hopefully help you to stay clear of trouble.
The dangers of walking on coastal piers
If you’re walking on coastal piers or you’re taking a hike along a coastal path, it’s always wise to be aware of potential hazards. Walking on coastal piers affords you wonderful views out to sea, but many piers in the British Isles are old, and with unpredictable weather thrown into the mix, there may be a high risk of accidents like slips, trips and falls.
If you stand too close to the edge, it may also be possible to fall into the water. If you are heading out to the seaside this summer, take extra care if you’re wandering along the pier. Stick to designated walkways, wear suitable footwear, and be very careful if has been raining and the surface is slippery. Stay back from the edge and don’t lean over the fencing. If you spot any problems, such as worn boards or loose fencing, report them as soon as possible.
Seaside accidents and how to avoid them
A day at the seaside can be brilliant, but not if you get into trouble in the water or you fall foul to the weather. When it’s sunny, make sure you have sun cream on, and take shelter from the midday sun. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and make sure you swim in safe zones. Look out for coloured flags and don’t swim too far out. If you have children with you, make sure they are supervised at all times. When walking on rocks or coastal paths, make sure you have shoes with grip. If you’re trying to negotiate tricky terrain in flip-flops, you may have a slip or trip.
If you’ve been injured at the seaside, you may be thinking about claiming for a seaside accident. Can you prove that you were not at fault, and somebody else was negligent? Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a successful seaside injury claim. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about claiming no-win, no-fee compensation.