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Health Tip: Basic Beach Safety

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(HealthDay News) -- Make sure a day at the beach stays fun by taking precautions to keep the family safe.

The American Red Cross advises:

  • Only swim where there is a lifeguard.
  • Never swim after drinking alcohol.
  • Check local weather.
  • Anyone who isn't a strong swimmer should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. No other type of flotation device should be substituted.
  • Never dive head first.
  • Carefully supervise elderly people and young children, even in shallow water.
  • Pay attention to any ocean animals and plants.

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