Water Safety Tips for Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is right around the corner, so we’re all cheering for a much-needed 3-day weekend amidst the busy first few weeks of the new year. Chances are, it won’t exactly be “beach weather” this coming Monday, but plenty of people find ways to get outside for the day off anyway. If that sounds like you, be sure to refresh on water safety precautions before you head outside!

1. Always Swim Near a Lifeguard

At this point, it’s probably solidified in your mind that you should always be nearby a lifeguard when you’re in the water. But do you really practice it? Try to head to a public beach or waterpark—that’s typically where the lifeguards are!

2. Use Sunscreen

You should be wearing sunscreen every day—and this holiday is no different! Sunscreen plays a critical role in protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Plus, it helps prevent the negative effects of aging.

3. Cold Air Doesn’t Mean No Sun

It’s a common misconception that the sun can’t burn you when it’s cold outside. It’s true that you won’t feel the sun burning you as much, but it certainly can still reach your skin. Check the UV index for an idea of how powerful the sun’s rays will be on a given day.

4. Have {Safe} Fun!

There’s such a thing as safe fun, and that’s what you should aim for this MLK Day. No one needs to be doing dangerous things to have a good day, so rally up your friends, get outside, and enjoy your day with safety at the forefront!

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