It’s that time of year again. Beach vacations are on the minds of families everywhere. But before your child hits the sand, it’s crucial that you brush up on beach safety for your family. Below are some tips on how you can keep your kids safe at the beach this year so you and your family can enjoy a truly relaxing vacation.

Take swim lessons

One of the best things you can do to ensure your child is safe at the beach is to enroll them in swim lessons before your trip. This will ensure your child is comfortable in the water and that he or she knows what to do if your child begins having difficulty in the water.

Stay Nearby

To keep your child safe in the water, it is crucial to keep him or her within an arm’s length. Children should never swim alone and if, for some reason, you can’t be in the water, you should be sure there is a lifeguard around and your child is within eyesight.

Enforce Lifejackets

If your child is not a strong swimmer, he or she should wear a lifejacket or U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device any time they are in the water. For anyone in a boat, a lifejacket should be worn at all times.

Practice Sun Safety

The fastest-growing cancer in children under seven years of age is melanoma, so sun safety is crucial when your child is going to be at the beach. Buy a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and make sure your child is reapplying it every two hours.

Stay Hydrated

Because they are near the water, children often don’t realize how dehydrated they are. However, being in the sun all day can cause children to dehydrate quickly, so it’s important that water is consumed throughout the day.

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