BEACH SAFETY (FOR YOU AND YOUR POSSESSIONS)
TIPS ON BEACH SAFETY FOR A GOOD SUMMER
Being at the beach means relaxation, fun and forgetting your worries; and anything that puts that at risk is undesirable. However, what we view as a chance to relax is seen by others as an opportunity for theft, and as we have said elsewhere theft is always dependent on opportunities. We want to keep you safe everywhere, and because we know that beach safety is important for you, we’ve put together a few tips to help keep you and your possessions safe:
BEACH SAFETY FOR YOUR POSSESSIONS
- Firstly, don’t take expensive things, or things with major financial or emotional value with you, like jewellery, expensive electronic devices, etc.
- Also avoid expensive designer bags, which give potential thieves the message that you might make a good prey.
- If you do decide to leave some stuff in the car, make sure you park in a safe location.
- It’s better to take credit/debit cards with you rather than cash. If you do decide to bring cash, it’s better to hide it somewhere else than your wallet or purse. Make sure you put it somewhere that means the thief has to spend a lot of time looking for it, so that might put him off completely.
- If you go to the beach on your own, and cannot bear the thought of being separated from your mobile phone, there are waterproof cases that mean you can take it into the sea with you.
BEACH SAFETY FOR YOU
- If you aren’t familiar with the water at the beach, trust what the locals have to say. It’s better to ask rather than take the risk. Lots of beaches have currents, hazardous sections, etc. and information like that won’t always be signposted.
- If you feel unwell for any reason or have some problem with your skin because of the sun or feel dizzy with the heat, etc. don’t put yourself under pressure. Find somewhere sheltered and give yourself time to recover.
- We asked cardiologist Zacharias Kounnis about swimming after eating and he had the following to say:
“After eating, especially if it was a heavy meal, the body focuses on digestion and so needs to reallocate blood away from certain organs and send more blood to the gastrointestinal system. That’s an automatic process. We have no control over it and, practically speaking, it means that we have less blood for the brain and less blood for the cardiovascular system, particularly for the heart. If you’ve ever felt sleepy after food, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!
So, if you decide to try swimming or any other form of exercise after eating when the entire system is focused on digestion, you are putting a lot of pressure on your body, which can’t send the right amount of blood needed to the cardiovascular system to meet the extra needs that have arisen. If you happen to have a heart problem –and remember that other than having done a recent checkup there is no other way to be sure that there isn’t one- then under these conditions you could faint, have a heart attack or myocardial infarction. So when it comes to swimming after eating, it’s best to wait a while, to give the body the time it needs and to go into the sea later on. Or alternatively, just don’t eat such a heavy meal!”
If all those tips about beach safety seem straightforward and obvious, they are. The issue is that often out of naiveté or out of habit we overlook some of these and put our relaxation on the beach at risk. And anything that has that result is undesirable, right?