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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Inflatable lilos and the dangers they pose


    Inflatable lilos are a fairly common sight on beaches around the world. Unfortunately, while inflatable lilos can be fun by the pool, they can be very dangerous when used on the sea.

    The dangers of inflatable lilos

    The trouble with inflatable lilos is that they are, by their very essence, exceptionally light. As such, they are easily carried out to sea by even a light breeze, not to mention strong offshore winds.

    Caught unaware, users can all too easily find themselves in real trouble and at risk of drowning, near drowning or other personal injuries, especially if weather conditions deteriorate and the water becomes rough.

    Preventing mishaps with inflatable lilos

    For these reasons, it is highly recommended that if you must use an inflatable lilo by the sea, it should be tethered to a solid onshore object to prevent it from drifting. This is especially vital if when children are involved.

    If this is not possible, it is wise not to get into the sea on a lilo. This is even more so the case when an orange windsock indicates offshore winds, as this is when the risk of lilo accidents is at its highest.

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    Other dangers to avoid

    It is obviously equally important to prevent other beach accidents. You should, for instance, never get into the water to swim if there is a red flag flying, as water and weather conditions are then considered to be too dangerous.

    Purple flags indicate the presence of stingrays, jellyfish or other dangerous marine creatures, and should also be taken as a warning not to get into the water. This is also true of red and white quartered flags, which are shark warnings.

    More mishaps

    Being careful when rock pooling and watching your step on piers, in cafés and shops will help to prevent slips, trips and falls. When swimming, take care not to get too close to rocks and make sure you are aware of any strong currents and rip currents.

    Most beaches patrolled by lifeguards will display red and yellow flags to indicate where it is safe to swim. It is wise to prevent accidental injuries by staying between these flags.

    If something goes wrong

    Should you sustain an injury in an accident on the beach that was not your fault, like a slip, trip or fall in a café or shop, for example, you may qualify for compensation. Contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to an advisor, for more information or to start your personal injury claim today.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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