Most of us enjoy being out and about in the hot weather during the summer, but most people don’t think of the risks that come with it.
With dangers including skin damage, heat stroke and heat exhaustion, it is important to take a few precautions to protect yourself and your family:
Use at least SPF15 sun cream (SPF30 for children)
Cover up with hats and sunglasses
Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest (Skegness has plenty of excellent indoor activities for both the young and the not-so-young)
Check skin and moles for any changes.
Drink plenty of water
Regularly check on elderly friends or relatives who are more at risk during hotter weather.
Never leave children unattended. As well as the
risk of sunburn, there is the danger of drowning when close to any body of water
– including paddling pools.
New Beach Bathing Water Quality
The environment agency have taken water samples from 486 coastal areas and 9 inland bathing water areas in England and Wales which includes SKegness beach.
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Produced by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in conjunction with The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Good Beach Guide is the only independent, comprehensive guide to bathing water quality in the U.K.
The latest bathing water tests show 68% of the U.K. bathing beaches have acquired the 'MCS Recommended' grade for excellent water quality.
With this in mind, Lincolnshire’s beaches have done incredibly well achieving a ‘clean sweep’ of ‘MCS Recommended’ grades for the third year running.
Lincolnshire Beaches - including Skegness Beach
Chapel St Leonards
Moggs Eye (Huttoft Beach)
Key to above
Recommended : Highest water quality standard
Guideline : Good water quality standard
Basic Pass : Passed EC mandatory standard for water quality (statutory minimum)
Fail : Failed EC mandatory standard for water quality (statutory failure)
For more information go to www.goodbeachguide.co.uk
Blue Flag is a prestigious, international award scheme run by the non-governmental, non-profit organisation ‘Foundation for Environmental Education’ (FEE). It acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach they are visiting is one of the best in the world.
Awarded to coastal destinations which have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management, the programme strives to promote sustainable development in coastal areas.
A beach can be eligible for the Blue Flag if it is an officially designated bathing area with at least one sampling point for water analysis. All Blue Flags are only awarded for one season at a time.
The following Lincolnshire beaches have retained their Blue Flag awards for the year 2011 – 2012:
Central Beach, Skegness
Central Beach, Mablethorpe
Central Beach, Sutton-on-Sea
The Blue Flag Award Scheme is administered in England by ENCAMS. For further information go to www.blueflag.org.uk
Introduced in 2007 by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the Quality Coast Award focuses on raising the standards of English beaches.
The award reflects the great achievements of the beach manager and is a symbol of quality which guarantees that the beach you are visiting is one of the highest standard.
The following beaches have achieved the 2011 Quality Coast Award for the East Midlands region:
Name of Beach
Central Beach, Mablethorpe
Central Beach, Sutton On Sea
East Lindsey District Council
East Lindsey District Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
Skegness is a dog-friendly town, but there are just a few rules to bear in mind when walking your four-legged friend.
Dogs are banned from the busiest part of Skegness beach between 1 May and 30 September. This section runs parallel to the seafront from the lifeboat house on Tower Esplanade all the way to the X-Site Skate Park at the end of North Parade. The area in question is shown in red on the map.
There is also a permanent dog ban in force in all fenced-in children's play areas in Skegness, and in St Mary's Cemetery.
In the Ingoldmells area you can't take a dog into Glebe Park, Queen Elizabeth Playing Field, Ingoldmells Churchyard or Addlethorpe Cemetery. In Chapel St Leonards they are banned from the land at the back of the Village Hallwhich is used as a recreational area, and from 1 May until 30 September from the beach 400 metres either side of the main pullover.
You must also clean up after your dog in any public place, and be ready to put your dog on a lead if asked to do so by an officer with the relevant authority.
And it's certainly worth bearing these restrictions in mind - breaching them could cost you £75 or even a fine of up to £1,000.
You can contact the Dog Wardens at East Lindsey District Council on 01507 601111 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skegness beach is no longer a no-go area for people in wheelchairs thanks to an innovative project.
Beach-friendly wheelchairs with extra large wheels have been introduced by the East Coast Local Action Group, providing disabled people with easy and comfortable access to enjoy the sun, sea and sand to the full.
The group is working with East Lindsey District Council to operate the scheme, which comes thanks to £8,424 worth of Lottery funding.
Councillor Colin Davie said: "We have to make our district and facilities accessible to as many people as possible, and we’ve invested heavily in improvements to try and ensure the best we can that no-one is excluded because of their ability.
"The beach wheelchairs are designed to be used on soft terrain where ordinary wheelchairs would sink into the surface. This makes them ideal for the beach, and will enable users to not only access the beach but also go into the water."
The district council is loaning out the wheelchairs on behalf of the local action group, and Seacroft Mobility will service them twice a year free of charge. There are two beach wheelchairs available for hire in Skegness, both at the Embassy Theatre, and all they cost is a £20-a-day returnable deposit.
Another two wheelchairs are available further up the coast - one in Sutton-on-Sea and another in Mablethorpe.
To hire one of the wheelchairs or for more details please contact:
0845 674 0505 Skegness
01507 473641 Mablethorpe
01507 443765 Sutton on Sea
East Lindsey District Council can be contacted on 01507 601111, or you can call the East Coast Local Action Group on 01754 765206.