Last year we had children being hit by cars. Today there was a story about a teen drowning, who likely
got caught in a rip current. The ocean is an amazing and beautiful place that we are all fortunate enough to live by. However, it can also be dangerous, making it crucial that we follow, and teach our children, about beach safety. In day yesterday, two people died on our beaches because of rip currents.
For starters, always know the warning signs that are posted at the beach. They are there for your protection, so you know what to expect. Look for them as you arrive at the beach. If you don't see them, or don't know what they mean, ask a life guard, beach patrol officer, or booth attendant.
Next, always swim in front of a lifeguard. Even if you feel you, or your child, are good swimmers, it's nice to know that there is an added layer of protection, should you need it. Also, make sure you and your children know about rip currents, including how to swim out of one. There is a video on this that they can watch here.
As most of you already know, it's imperative that children not play where the cars are driving. I can't tell you how many times I've witnessed children either playing in the driving lanes, or darting out across them without ever looking for cars. It happens nearly every time we go to the beach! There are vehicle-free beaches as well, if you'd rather go that route to ensure safety.
You can find some beach safety games for kids here, to help teach them about being safe at the Daytona Beach area beaches, and beyond.
Let's all do what we can to help keep the beaches of the Daytona area safe.