Southend-on-Sea offers a wide range of attractions, a unique shopping experience and hundreds of great places to eat, as well as dazzling night life. With so much to see and do, it is of no great surprise that occasionally, accidents do happen.
Staying safe in Southend
The vast majority of injuries in Southend, including those by slips, trips and falls, can be prevented by:
- Never running, climbing, jumping or diving off man-made structures like piers, harbour walls, and so on
- Watching your step and looking out for slip, trip or fall hazards (uneven or wet surfaces, sharp objects and other trip hazards)
- Never swimming near man-made structures
- Looking out for and observing instructions provided by safety signs
Prevent sun burn and heat exhaustion by wearing suitable sun screens, hats and loose fitting clothing and drinking plenty of water.
Waves, tides and currents
Wave and tide related beach accidents can be avoided by:
- Checking tide timetables before entering the water
- Ensuring children at play on beaches are not endangered by tides
- Looking out for surging waves that could knock you off your feet and drag you out to sea while standing or walking on the shoreline, rocks or harbour walls
- Avoiding going into the water when plunging waves are likely to occur (typically at low tides)
- Only swimming in spilling waves, which can be identified by a wave’s top tumbling down in front of it
Rip currents that can quickly drag swimmers out to sea are responsible for many drownings every year and should therefore be avoided. They can be recognised by:
- Discoloured or brown water
- Foam on water surface
- Breaks in surf lines where waves are smaller
- Floating debris heading out to sea
- Rippled patch of water surrounded by calm sea
Checking tide timetables and following general safety advice is also vital when walking onto mudflats. You should only walk out onto a mudflat as tides are going out (approximately one hour after the high tide) and return at the very latest as tides are coming back in (approximately six hours after the high tide).
Accident in Southend
If you were injured in Southend by slipping, tripping or falling or any other kind of accident caused by someone else, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. We, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you claim successfully. Call us now on: 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to find out how.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown