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Bathing site cleanliness

published on 04/16/2008
Clean sand is also one of the ingredients for bathing pleasure. In contrast, dirty sand can cause certain diseases, such as mycosis, which are skin disorders due to fungi.
Currently, there are no health quality standards specific to beach sand and the beaches in France are certainly not all of the same quality. Many factors can influence sand quality (the number of visitors during tourist season, the type and size of the grains of sand, the tides, which can help naturally clean the sand, etc.). However, by keeping to a few simple rules, it is very easy to help keep beaches clean and lower the possible health risks due to dirty sand.
Don’t forget: the beach is a public place. Do your part as a citizen and heed the basic hygiene and cleanliness rules!
  • Do not throw your waste on the sand (paper, cigarette butts, leftover food, etc.), or bury it: use the waste bins or containers made available to you.
  • Report the presence of any hazardous waste (stingers) to the rescue stand or Town Hall.
  • Use the sanitary facilities made available to you on the beaches.
  • During the summer season, pets are generally prohibited on the beach, as they can soil the beaches and bathing water.
people using shower on beach
By taking a few preventive steps, you will reduce health risks if the sand is not very clean.
  • Avoid lying on the sand itself: use a beach towel or mattress.
  • Shower regularly.
  • Wash towels and bathing suits regularly.
  • In the event of any contact with oil residues that might come up on the coast, clean your skin with cooking oil or sun lotion (do not use gas or solvents).