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Safety comes first!

Posted by Brandy Harrison on Jul 24, 2019 6:00:00 PM

Here are 6 Tips for Sea, Lake, Pool and Sun Safety for the Family.

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Nothing says summer like great family trips to the lake, pool or beach! These summer trips create memories that will last for a lifetime. As much as US Family Health Plan wants you to enjoy yourself we also want you to stay focused on safety and health to make sure that your memories are all good ones. Here are the top 6 things you need to have and to know to keep your family healthy, happy and safe by the sea, pool or lake.


  • Pack a Smart beach bag. Must-includes are sun protection, sun glasses, a first aid kit, water, flip flops, towels, sun-hats, and foods that won’t perish in the heat. The rest of the stuff you pack in there is totally up to you!
  • If you can avoid massive sunburns. Make sure to bring along a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and use it frequently on every member of the family. This will Keep everyone protected and can help lower those chances of developing painful skin burns, or worse yet skin cancer. Big umbrellas, hats (and shades) along with beach tents can also help ward off the intense heat of the sun especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Avoid excessive sun and heat exposure. If you or anyone else becomes confused, dizzy or fatigued, it could be due to over-exposure to the sun. The signs of sun stroke include pale skin, swelling (particularly of the hands or face) or a rapid heartbeat. If you notice any of these symptoms, get out of the sun and heat quickly! Remove any unnecessary clothing, drink plenty of water, and take a cool shower. If symptoms are severe (swelling, confusion, painful and blistering sunburns) seek medical attention immediately. Also, bring a pair of shoes. They will keep your feet protected from the hot sand. Remember to stay hydrated if you plan on staying out for a while.
  • Make sure the whole family knows swimming fundamental. You don’t have to be an Olympic medalist, but knowing the basics of swimming can save your life. Ocean swimming is very different from a pool or even a lake. Strong currents and rip tides can be deadly if you don’t know how to maneuver. The ocean floor is not flat. It can drop off unexpectedly, so be mindful when you or a family member is in deeper water. Be aware of your surroundings and keep track of where the life guards are at all times. Make sure young children are wearing a life vest at all times.
  • Keep an eye out for ocean life. You might like ocean life – fish, starfish, or clams, but ocean life may not like you. Venomous jelly fish, crabs, lobsters and sharp shells can all pose a threat. Remember It’s their world too, and some may not be happy to share. Educate your children about what to watch out for. Check the local news for signs of any recent reports of sharks or alligators. And most importantly, keep one eye peeled on younger children as they wander around the beach. They should be supervised at all times.
  • Check for beaches and pools that have high safety standards. Avoid bodies of water that may be highly polluted or contaminated. Make sure there are bathrooms, water fountains, and showers nearby as well as a good staff on the beach.

With these tips your summer trips to the pool, beach or lake will be And US Family Health Plan is all about happy families with happy beach memories. Our greatest wish is for you and your family to remember to stay healthy and happy!

Topics: Family Fun