Beach House Diaries: 5 Tips for Keeping Guests Safe
It doesn't matter if you have a faux French manor in the Hamptons or a fish camp on the Florida coast: Mother Nature is the great equalizer. Bugs, burns and assorted water-based perils can plague your company anywhere. Following these tips will help keep them safe and you sane.
- Although you'll hopefully never need it, your beach house should be equipped with a first aid kit (firstaidguide.net tells you what to include). Remind guests to bring personal must-haves, like prescription medicines or EpiPens.
- Some beach communities have rules concerning open fires. In the absence of any, use common sense. Ensure your visitors are careful around bonfires, candles etc. and direct secret smokers away from easy-to-hide in dune grass!
- The basic rules of water safety apply (never swim alone, never leave children unattended... you know the drill). But hosts should also know their beach and advise guests accordingly regarding currents, riptides or other potential dangers.
- If you are boating, remember to lay off the booze and follow the Coast Guard's standard tips. Since it's important that any children you're entertaining be outfitted with appropriately-sized life jackets, ask their parents to supply these.
- Wild animals are not your friends. 'Nuff said.
Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb will report on life at a summer beach house in AOL Travel's weekly Beach House Diaries. Follow along with her or share your beach house tips in the comments below.