Staying Safe In The Summer
Everyone loves being outdoors when the sun is shining, but you don't want to ruin your break by overdoing it. Whether it’s going for a hike, relaxing on the sand, or enjoying a paddle on the waves, make sure to take care of yourself and your surroundings.
It may seem obvious but remember to take a water bottle with you whenever you head out in the summer – even if it’s only for a short time. You may end up staying longer and, especially in warmer weather, it’s important to stay hydrated.
2. Protect Your Skin
We all should be practicing safe skin protection and it’s important to make sure if you’re heading out in the sun that you’re guarded against its harmful UV rays. Here’s the NHS’s advice for staying safe in the sun.
Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11 am and 3 pm from March to October.
Make sure you:
• spend time in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm
• make sure you never burn
• cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
• take extra care with children
• use at least factor 30 sunscreen
For more information about the right ways to protect yourself, visit the NHS web page here.
3. Cover Up
The best way to stay protected from the sun is to cover up. Whether it's under an umbrella, a wide-brim hat, or sunglasses, it's the easiest way to make sure sun exposure doesn't ruin your day.
A bright day at the beach can cause damage to your eyes. Make sure to protect yourself by wearing sunglasses with UV protection and wearing a hat when out of the shade.
4. Beach Wise
If you’re heading to the beach this summer, make sure you adhere to the beach rules that are there to keep yourself safe. If you plan to swim pick a beach where a lifeguard will be on duty -there are several in Pembrokeshire - and always obey rules regarding where and when you can swim, usually indicated by flags out on the beach. If you’re at a new beach or are unsure, make sure to do your research first, or ask the lifeguard when you arrive.
5. Take Care In The Water
If you’re not used to the beach you can easily forget that the tides change, and it can be quicker than you think, with large sways of beach disappearing at different parts of the day. Make sure when setting up your base you’re not going to be cut off when the tide comes or if you’re exploring coves and rockpools along the coast.
The same applies to any watersports activities or swimming. Even on a calm day, there can be strong tides that you’re unaware of, so ensure if you do swim it’s within a safe swim zone on a beach with a lifeguard.
Tide tables are easily available online and will help you plan your day.
6. Keep to the Path
The coast path and beach accessways get much busier in the summer, and it can be tempting to deviate off the ascribed pathway, but it’s not recommended. These have been placed and maintained in certain locations for a reason and while saving time to take a short cut, you may place yourself in danger. Crumbling cliff edges, sheer drops, unstable ground, and livestock could all pose a risk.
7. Be Prepared
We love summer adventures, but sometimes things can go wrong so make sure you're ready for any eventuality. A basic first aid kit, snacks, water, and protective clothing are all essentials if you're heading out for a day exploring and means a minor problem - like a blister - won't end up ruining your fun.