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Spring Break 2018 is just around the corner.

Share these tips for staying safe while having fun.

Spring break marks a peak travel season in the U.S. when millions of people (mostly students) head to warm weather destinations for a little rest and relaxation. While the idea of being injured on vacation may seem unlikely, accidents can – and do happen, especially when alcohol is involved. Following these Spring break safety tips may help protect yourself or someone you love from potential catastrophe.

The Beach

A long day of sun and sand can lead to sunburns and dehydration.

Keep in mind that the sun maximizes the effects of alcohol, so try to limit both your sun exposure and your alcohol consumption while on the beach. If you do choose to drink while in the sun, be sure to also drink lots of water to help stay hydrated and keep you from experiencing light-headedness or fainting. Also, make sure that you are wearing and frequently reapplying sunscreen. Bad sunburns can lead to days of pain and discomfort, and in serious cases could result in a trip to the hospital.

The Ocean

When selecting a spring break beach, check first to see if there will be a trained lifeguard on duty.

Swimming in the ocean without a lifeguard is extremely dangerous. Even when a lifeguard is present, always stay within designated swimming areas and pay close attention to the ocean safety flag system:

  • Red Flag: Stay out of the water; serious hazards exist that may include dangerous currents, strong undertow and riptides.
  • Yellow Flag: Use caution in the water as conditions are rough; high surf, undertow and riptides are possible.
  • Green Flag: It’s safe to swim as the threat of danger is low; always excercise caution when swimming in the ocean.
  • Blue and Purple Flags: Sharks, jellyfish and other dangerous marine life have been spotted; use extreme caution.

Remember even experienced swimmers can get caught in dangerous rip currents and pulled out deep into the water. Never try to swim against the rip current. Instead, swim parallel to the shoreline and wait for the rip to pass.


Think twice before participating in high-risk activities like jet skiing, zip lining, ATVing, etc.

While these activities can be fun, they can also expose you to an increased risk of injury or worse. If you do decide to participate, be sure to use a reputable, licensed operator and wear appropriate safety gear (eg: helmets, seat belts, life vests, goggles).

The Hot Tub

Play it safe and avoid alcohol while in a hot tub.

Much like drinking on the beach, drinking in a hot tub intensifies the effects of alcohol and can make you feel more intoxicated faster, in addition to making you dehydrated. Alcohol lowers blood pressure and dilates blood vessels. These effects can be worsened by the extremely hot temperatures of the water and can lead to unconsciousness and drowning. 

The Clubs

There’s safety in numbers.

When going out to bars and clubs it’s always best to go in groups (never alone) and to be sure to come home with the exact same people you went out with. The buddy system ensures that you and your friends will be able to look out for one another, especially if one friend is over-served and needs help getting home.

Also, keep an eye out for predatory drugs symptoms, such as confusion, slurred speech, difficulty standing and fleeting consciousness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in your friend, go to a hospital or emergency care clinic as soon as possible. A good rule of thumb to avoid predatory drugs, such as the date rape drug, is to never accept a drink from a stranger and to always keep your drink in your hand after receiving it from the bartender.

Lastly, with the advent of car services like Uber and Lyft, there is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving. If you plan to drink while you’re out, be sure that you have a designated driver or the means to take a taxi or car service home.

We hope this information helps you and your friends enjoy a safe, fun and relaxing spring break holiday.

McDonald Law Firm is a leading personal injury and wrongful death litigation firm with extensive experience representing people who have been injured, or families of those who were killed as the result of another’s negligence or recklessness. We offer thorough and aggressive legal representation for our clients and will fight to maximize their compensation so they can focus on recovery.

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