Beach lifeguards are urging people to stay safe while enjoying their summer spare time at the seaside.
Hartlepool Borough Council lifeguards will be patrolling the beach at Seaton Carew and the Headland’s Block Sands and Fish Sands over the school summer holiday period.
They will be on duty every day from Wednesday, July 20, to Sunday, September 4.
Debbie Kershaw, the council’s quality and safety officer, who oversees the beaches and lifeguards, said: “Help us to help you have a fun day out – follow these simple rules and stay safe at the seaside.”
The lifeguards are urging people to follow these simple safeguards to help avoid trouble:
* Follow any safety advice lifeguards give and take note of any beach safety signs;
* Swim where the lifeguards patrol – within the areas marked by the red and yellow marker flags;
* Never go into the water when the red flags are flying;
* Be aware of incoming tides;
* Never leave children unattended;
* Don’t use inflatables in the sea;
* Waves are very powerful – avoid piers, slipways and promenades when the sea conditions are rough;
* Think before you dive;
* Never swim on your own;
* If you see someone in difficulty in the sea, don’t enter the water – summon a lifeguard or call 999 and ask for the coastguard;
* Remember that the sun can burn your skin – dress appropriately and use sun cream.
* Keep the beaches clean – dispose of all your rubbish properly, especially glass bottles, cans and sharp objects.