Summer full of fun begins with thoughts of safety

Tips are provided by Lambton Public Health

Photo taken on Canatara Beach by Edward Allen.

Before you head to the beach this summer, check the weather forecast and follow these safety tips from Lambton Public Health:

* Know how to swim and teach your children to swim.

* Use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Thanks to funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, beachgoers can borrow a PFD while at Canatara Beach in Sarnia or the main beach in Grand Bend.  To borrow a PFD you must provide photo identification.  Parents are reminded that PFDs do not replace the need for supervision of children or swimming lessons.  Always keep children within arm’s-reach.

* Be sun safe: when the UV index is 3 or higher, protect skin as much as possible. Always wear 100% UV-protective sunglasses to shield the eyes from damaging UV rays.

* Keep hydrated but don’t drink alcohol on or near the water.

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