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Spring in Your Step: Tips for Enjoying Coastal Mississippi Safely

Spring fishing

As the weather warms up, spring activities such as biking, boating, swimming, and even long days at the sports fields become more popular.

It’s important to remember that these activities can come with certain risks. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors this spring:

Be Prepared

Before heading out, make sure you have the appropriate gear and equipment for your activity. For example, if you’re going hiking, make sure you have sturdy shoes, plenty of water, and a map of the area. If you’re going boating, make sure you have life jackets and a working radio in case of emergency.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

As the weather gets warmer, it’s important to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and stay in the shade as much as possible.

Stay Hydrated

Whether you’re fishing, biking, or just spending time outside, it’s important to stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water with you, and drink regularly throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, which can dehydrate you.

Swim Safely

If you’re swimming in a pool, make sure it’s properly maintained and has a fence around it to prevent accidental drownings. If you’re swimming in a natural body of water, make sure you’re familiar with the area and any potential hazards, such as currents or drop-offs. Always swim with someone else, and never swim alone.

Watch for Wildlife

It’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Keep a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter, and don’t approach or feed them.

By following these tips, you can enjoy all that spring has to offer while staying safe and healthy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Remember to always be prepared, protect yourself from the sun, stay hydrated, swim safely, and watch for wildlife. With a little common sense and some careful planning, you can have a fun and safe spring season!

If the unexpected happens, Memorial has walk-in clinics ready to help. For more severe injuries, our Emergency Department is open 24/7.

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