Tips For Vacation Safety In Myrtle Beach

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – by OVR Staff
With summer almost here, that means that thousands of families are coming to Myrtle Beach to enjoy that long-awaited vacation! We want you to stay safe while you play in the ocean and enjoy your family, so this article will give you some great tips to help you get the most out of your Myrtle Beach vacation.

First of all, BRING YOUR SUNSCREEN! We can’t stress it enough. The ozone layer seems to be thinner every year and this means that you will burn much faster than you might think. If you have children, remember to slather on the sunscreen often, especially after they’ve been in the water. Re-apply often to make sure they stay protected. Of course, this goes for the grownups too! You should always go for at least an SPF 50 sun block. Skin cancer is a growing problem and not one to be messed around with. Don’t let your vacation get ruined with bad sunburn!
Know where your lifeguards are! Make sure you swim where there are lifeguards, especially if you have kids. They are there to keep you safe, so be sure to understand and obey all the rules in place on the beach. Don’t swim near piers fishing areas and never jump or dive off piers. Not only is it against the law, it is also extremely dangerous.
Stay aware of rip currents! If you get caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the riptide and can make your way to shore. Check for postings and warnings about rip currents each day.
Keep an eye on your kids at all times! With thousands of tourists on the beaches during the summer, it’s easy for a child to get lost or disoriented. Make sure your children know landmarks and practice where they should go in the event they get lost. They should always look for a lifeguard and stay put until you can get to them. Instruct your children to find a lifeguard station and not wander around. Also, make sure they know what your family members are wearing and able to describe the bathing suits, etc. Practice getting to safety with your kids before anything happens. They need to feel confident in getting to help if the need ever arises. Of course, they should ALWAYS know how to dial 911!
Sunburns can wreck a vacation in a hurry, so don’t let it happen to you! Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and also a high quality aloe vera gel for relief after the fact. Check with your doctor before your trip about the best sunscreen for babies and be sure to bring a hat and even little sunglasses for the wee ones. Beach umbrellas will help protect you when you need a break from the sun and storing your sunscreen and burn relief gel in your cooler will offer some extra relief when needed.
Myrtle Beach is ready and waiting, so keep these tips in mind and come on down and enjoy the sand and surf—the water’s fine!!

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