It’s that time of year again when we long for a glimpse of the sunshine so that we can make the most of the glorious British coastline. When you’re one of those people who is always ready to hit the beach when the sun shines at the weekend, you probably have all the gear ready and waiting. If you’re dying to pack the car full of hampers, coolers, outdoor games, buckets and spades, make sure you’re aware of the hidden hazards of a day at the beach. If you’ve got beach umbrellas, for example, it’s essential to ensure you know how to secure them properly to avoid unwanted injuries.
The hidden dangers of beach umbrellas
You may think that beach umbrellas are a godsend when the sun is beating down, but they do pose some hidden dangers. You may assume that you’re completely safe sheltered in a shady spot, but you might be wrong. If you haven’t secured the umbrella properly, or there are high winds, there’s every chance that the brolly could become uprooted and blow away. A flying beach umbrella can cause a surprising amount of damage. You may also run the risk of injury when you’re trying to put the umbrella up, especially if the strings or spokes are damaged or the pole is very heavy. Ask somebody to help you out and don’t use an umbrella if it’s broken. If it’s very windy, avoid using umbrellas.
The beach is a wonderful place to be on a bright, beautiful day. The last thing you want is for a fun family day out to turn into a nightmare, so bear these beach safety tips in mind:
- Supervise children when swimming
- Choose a beach patrolled by lifeguards
- Look and listen out for warnings and don’t swim if the currents are strong
- Use sunscreen
- Stay hydrated
If you’ve been injured at the beach and you weren’t at fault, you have a right to claim compensation. If the accident happened in the last 3 years and you can prove that you weren’t to blame, contact Accident Advice Helpline. Compensation for a beach accident could help to cover the loss of earnings or pay for rehabilitation in the event of a serious injury. We have a highly-skilled team of injury lawyers on hand to handle your claim, and we operate solely on a no-win, no-fee* basis. If you’d like to find out more about claiming for an accident at the beach, call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice