Before you head to the beach this summer, check the weather forecast and follow these safety tips from Lambton Public Health:
* Know how to swim and teach your children to swim.
* Use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Thanks to funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, beachgoers can borrow a PFD while at Canatara Beach in Sarnia or the main beach in Grand Bend. To borrow a PFD you must provide photo identification. Parents are reminded that PFDs do not replace the need for supervision of children or swimming lessons. Always keep children within arm’s-reach.
* Be sun safe: when the UV index is 3 or higher, protect skin as much as possible. Always wear 100% UV-protective sunglasses to shield the eyes from damaging UV rays.
* Keep hydrated but don’t drink alcohol on or near the water.