With the warm temperatures and people headed the the beach Oxnard Fire Department would like to take a moment to talk about beach safety as it pertains to digging holes in the sand. A Shallow Hole is a Safe Hole. Here are some rules to follow to keep you and your kids safe when playing at the beach. . .
- Never dig deeper than your knees
- Never put your head below the sand; if it were to collapse you can become easily entrapped due to the weight of the sand.
- Avoid digging or tunneling into the side of a berm; collapse is highly likely.
If a person does become entrapped and you are unable to dig them out be sure to mark the last seen location while calling 9-1-1. Time is extremely important and make sure you are able to convey to the emergency dispatcher where the entrapment is located; having someone to wave down emergency responders will help our crews locate the incident as well.