Inflatable mats and figures, two dangers for children on the beach, according to OCU

The summer continues, the fun continues and many families will hurry until the last day to have fun. While the good weather lasts the escapes are still possible and a very usual destination is the beach. This scenario is synonymous with summer and there the fun is guaranteed, provided that the rules of security that avoid accidents.

From looking at the state of the beach through the flags to respect the prudential time to avoid cutting digestion. You also have to take into account the objects that are taken to the beach to avoid future accidents. An example is the notice made by the Organization of Consumers and Users, OCU, on mats and inflatable figures. Items that are usually seen in the coasts but that can represent an important danger.


They are not safety items

The first note that is made from OCU is that these objects are not a security tool for the little ones. Like the sleeves and other floats, they are an aid so that the smallest can be in the water and floating but they do not prevent the drowning of the smallest ones. Hence, the recommendation is to always use it in areas where children stand up.

Younger children should avoid using them indoors since, in the event of a sudden change in the tide or an alteration in the wind, children may move away from the coast or overturn and be helpless in the water. Given the possibility of falling off the mattress or inflatable figure, it is also recommended that these objects are never used without the presence and vigilance of an adult who can help them in case of accident.


OCU also warns that all objects considered aquatic toys do not have to meet basic buoyancy standards. Therefore, parents must consider The next points:

- Inflatable mattresses and figures should only be used in areas where the child supports the soles of the feet on the surface under the agia.

- They should never be used at sea, since the current could drag them inwards.

- If they measure less than 120 cm, the mats are considered toys. Do not rely on them as surfaces on which to float safely.

- Careful to jump on the toy near the edge of the pool: it can bounce and hit against the same curb; or even against the background.

Water safety

Thinking of a visit to the beach before the end of the holidays? Are the dates granted at work for the last days of August? OCU remembers these security advice before entering the water:


- The lifeguard, the best ally. The presence of a lifeguard is vital, both in the sea and in a pool. OCU recommends avoiding beaches without lifeguard service.

- Respect the flags. We must remember that a beach with a green flag indicates a calm sea, without currents or large waves, unlike a red flag, which prohibits bathing. The yellow flag, on the other hand, indicates unfavorable conditions for the bath: caution and a lot of attention to the minors.

- Board safely. If you are going to sail on a recreational boat or practice water sports, such as water skiing, you must wear a lifejacket. And make sure that the little ones are always protected.

Damián Montero

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