Be careful at the beaches, National Security Ministry warns

The Ministry of National Security’s Lifeguard Services Division is advising members of the public to be cautious as they visit beaches around the country over the Carnival weekend, especially in light of rough sea conditions and higher waves at our North and East coast beaches. 

Sea bathing is recommend at beaches patrolled and serviced by our nation’s lifeguards during the hours of 10:00 am to 5:30 pm when lifeguards are on duty. 

The following are some additional water safety tips for those who may want to visit the country's beaches during the Carnival weekend:

* If there are no lifeguards at a beach, observe water conditions carefully and ask residents about safe bathing areas before you enter the water;

* Higher wave action would result in more powerful and dangerous rip currents;

* Swimming under the influence of alcohol is dangerous;

* Avoid going too close to larger waves;

* Always keep children within arm reach of an adult while in the water;

* Non and weak swimmers should never depend on floatation devices;

* Avoid being  in inlets or small beaches when tides are rising;

* After eating, wait at least one (1) hour before  swimming;

* Never go swimming alone.

Here are some River Safety Tips for those visiting rivers:

* Be aware of standing at the edge of river banks and ponds as they can easily crumble;

* Changing weather conditions could affect river volume, cause flash flooding and increase the intensity of flow;

* After eating, wait at least one (1) hour before swimming;

* Be aware of any sudden change of depth on the river bed;

* Do not jump or dive into water where you cannot see the bottom; dangerous projections may be underwater;

* The faster the river flows, the deeper the river bed gets;

* Clean, clear water could fool you into thinking that it is shallower than it really is;

* Beware of slippery rocks;

* Choose swimming areas carefully;

* Be aware of falling objects from waterfalls, they can cause injury.

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