Jul 2, 2013 7:46 AM by Kristen Holloway

Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is near and this morning we're talking about beach safety and sun protection. Here are a few tips that can help you stay safe in the water this holiday.

If you're visiting the shore this holiday and you plan to swim in the ocean, make sure you only swim at a beach with a lifeguard. Also limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a-m and 4 p-m. Wear sunscreen and reapply sunscreen often.
other safety tips include:

keep alert for local weather conditions. check to see if any warning signs or flags are posted.
Swim sober and always swim with a buddy. Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a life jacket.
Keep a close eye and constant attention on children, wave action can cause someone to lose their footing, even in shallow water.
Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty.
Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight.
Lastly protect the feet - the sand can burn them and glass and other sharp objects can cut them.



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