3 things you need to know to survive your beach vacation

3 things you need to know to survive your beach
Like most Canadians, I am itching to ditch the cold and lie on a beach somewhere. I’m searching for travel deals and getting insider tips on the best places to go. I’m also making sure I can enjoy my whole vacation and get back in one piece! I’m a Red Crosser so ‘safety first’ is one of our unspoken mottos. Here are a few things to remember if you’re looking to head south like me.

Survive the Ocean 

  1. Always swim with a buddy.
  2. Alcohol plus swimming in the ocean equals a terrible and dangerous idea. Don’t do it!
  3. Obey the signs and signals (like flags) posted on the beach. They are there for a reason.
  4. Lifejackets are our friend but only work if you are wearing them properly. 
  5. If you get caught in a riptide:
    • Don’t panic. Try floating for a bit if you need a rest.
    • Swim parallel to the shore until you no longer feel like you are being pulled out to sea.
    • Then swim in to the beach at a diagonal, away from your original location, so you don’t swim back into the current.

Don’t Overheat

  1. Wear light, loose clothing and a hat.
  2. Wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
  3. Relax in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
  4. If you DO overheat, try to cool down as quickly as possible. A cold shower can really help.

Basic First Aid 
There is no substitute for taking a first-aid class. In an emergency, you should call trained medical professionals. Check out our free first-aid app for additional tips.

  1. Cuts:
    • Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood.
    • Wash the wound only if it is minor. If it bleeds heavily, washing the wound could interfere with the clotting agents.  
    • If the bleeding is severe get to a hospital.

  2. Insect Stings & Bites:
    • Remove the stinger with tweezers or by scraping it away with a flat surface, such as a credit card.
    • Wash wound with soap and water, cover with a dressing and then apply ice or a cold pack.
    • Call the local emergency number if the person seems to be having an allergic or anaphylactic reaction. Signs include a rash, itchiness, swelling on hands, feet or face or a slowed breathing.
    • Jellyfish stings? Download our free first aid app to learn what you should do.

  3. Strains and sprains:
    • Remember RICE: Rest, Immobilize, Cold, Elevate.

I hope you have a great time on YOUR hot vacation! Stay safe and have fun!

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