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Byline: Hot weather warning: if you’re heading to the beach, remember to stay safe
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With temperatures forecast to soar this week, those planning a trip to the beach to make the most of the sunshine are being urged by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to ‘be beachwise’ by choosing a lifeguarded beach and taking the right precautions to make sure they stay safe and remember their day at the beach for the right reasons.

Hot weather inevitably means more people heading to the Great British seaside so lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is urging beach-goers – particularly those planning to use the water – to put the safety of themselves and their families first by always choosing a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags.

Kelly Keating, RNLI Beach Safety Programmes Manager, says:

‘With the heatwave that’s forecast for this week, it’s likely the beaches will be very busy. Our key advice for people planning a trip to the beach, especially those planning to go in the water, is to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, where the lifeguards can see you. We want people to have fun at the beach, but to make sure they stay safe while they’re enjoying themselves.

‘Despite the poor summer weather last year, RNLI lifeguards responded to more than 9,500 incidents and helped more than 11,000 people on some of the UK’s busiest beaches, and there’s every chance they will be busier this year. You’re 500 times less likely to drown on a lifeguarded beach – we hope people will bear this in mind when deciding which beach to visit.

‘Protecting yourself form the sun is also really important. We recommend people remember SLIP, SLAP, SLOP – slip on a T-Shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some suncream. Drinking plenty of fluid is also vital as the sun and wind can easily dehydrate you.’

The RNLI’s beach safety guide, On The Beach, is packed full of safety tips and is available free-of-charge from beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or by calling 0800 328 0600. For more information, visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.

Notes to editors

· RNLI spokespeople are available for interview or comment.

· A photo of an RNLI Lifeguard is attached. Please credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information, contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 or email lfennimore@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Byline: Hot weather warning: if you’re heading to the beach, remember to stay safe
Page Content:

With temperatures forecast to soar this week, those planning a trip to the beach to make the most of the sunshine are being urged by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to ‘be beachwise’ by choosing a lifeguarded beach and taking the right precautions to make sure they stay safe and remember their day at the beach for the right reasons.

Hot weather inevitably means more people heading to the Great British seaside so lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is urging beach-goers – particularly those planning to use the water – to put the safety of themselves and their families first by always choosing a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags.

Kelly Keating, RNLI Beach Safety Programmes Manager, says:

‘With the heatwave that’s forecast for this week, it’s likely the beaches will be very busy. Our key advice for people planning a trip to the beach, especially those planning to go in the water, is to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, where the lifeguards can see you. We want people to have fun at the beach, but to make sure they stay safe while they’re enjoying themselves.

‘Despite the poor summer weather last year, RNLI lifeguards responded to more than 9,500 incidents and helped more than 11,000 people on some of the UK’s busiest beaches, and there’s every chance they will be busier this year. You’re 500 times less likely to drown on a lifeguarded beach – we hope people will bear this in mind when deciding which beach to visit.

‘Protecting yourself form the sun is also really important. We recommend people remember SLIP, SLAP, SLOP – slip on a T-Shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some suncream. Drinking plenty of fluid is also vital as the sun and wind can easily dehydrate you.’

The RNLI’s beach safety guide, On The Beach, is packed full of safety tips and is available free-of-charge from beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or by calling 0800 328 0600. For more information, visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.

Notes to editors

· RNLI spokespeople are available for interview or comment.

· A photo of an RNLI Lifeguard is attached. Please credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information, contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 or email lfennimore@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.