Sunburn - Have you ever been to a beach? Have you ever been forced by an adult to wear sunscreen? Do you think they are just putting it on you to be annoying? Well to answer your question, they're not. Sunburn and sun poisoning are very harmful and can cause severe skin burning and blistering, massive fluid loss and dehydration, loss of bodily fluids, and infection. Sometimes, too much exposure to the sun and severely untreated sunburn can cause shock or poor circulation to vital organs such as your brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Sometimes in rare cases, you can die from sunburn. The two most common types of burns are first and second, second degree burns result or end up in redness on your skin and even blistering. Extensive heat is also a very important but very harmful thing. Heat is one of the leading weather killer in the U.S . It causes more deaths than floods, hurricanes, lightning and tornadoes combined together!
Here are some things to look out for to know if your burn is severe or not: A headache, chills and a fever… if you have any or all of these symptoms that are accompanied by sunburn seek medical help right away!
Rip Currents - Rip currents are accounted for 80% of rescues usually done by surf beach lifeguards. What are rip currents? Rip currents are powerful channeled currents of water pulling away from shore that can easily pull swimmers out to the ocean. Rip currents can usually occur or extend from shoreline, through the breaking lines and the surf zone. Here are some tips to help you make sure to not get pulled out to sea: recognize the danger of them, don't fight it if you get caught, make sure you always swim at a beach with lifeguards or professionals around, swim parallel to shore, swim back to shore or land at an angle.
Lightning - It is never okay or safe to swim during lightning. Lightning regularly strikes water less than land, but when it does strike the ocean or water that you are in it conducts and spreads the electricity… it can even kill fish and hit boats nearby. Their is also no safe place in the water during any kind of storm! Here are some tips and ways to stay out of the storm: Go into substantial buildings, and hard topped cars or vehicles. Rain shelters, small sheds and open vehicles are not safe to be in, and at least wait 30 minutes till you hear the last crack of lightning.
Sharks - Shark attacks or getting bit by a shark are slim, especially when you're on shore. Some attacks or bites near shore can happen if a shark is in the sandbar or swimming in between the sandbars and can get trapped by low tide. According to ABC’s Amanda Onion, their were 91 incidents of shark encounters last summer. Also if you are near drop-offs that can also lead to one. The chances of getting bit by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067 in a lifetime. Here are some tips to help prevent attacks and to be safe: Don't wear bright or shiny jewelry because it can resemble fish scales, don't swim too far off from shore if alone, always swim in a group, don't go in the water if you have a cut or are bleeding, also avoid very neon or brightly colored bathing suits, don't swim at night or during twilight, and avoid to swim at dusk or dawn if swimming, surfing etc.
Falling Coconuts - Now this may sound like a joke to you, “falling coconuts she's gotta be kidding right?” That's probably what you are thinking right now… but think about it. 9 pound coconuts falling from nearly 100 feet off the ground, now that can hurt someone badly. Coconuts can even be more deadly than a shark attack. ABC says that people are more 15% more likely to get killed by a falling coconut than getting bit by a shark.
Story by Sydney Edwards