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Summer beach safety tips

A young boy sitting in the sand wearing a sun hat and sun glasses

The first rule for having a fun, carefree day at the beach? Always check the weather before you head out! Follow these beach safety tips to get your summer off to a good start.

Check the weather before you head out. If thunderstorms or rain is in the forecast, we suggest planning your excursion for a different day.

Watch for warning flags. And know what they mean!

Green - calm waters
Yellow - rough but not exceedingly dangerous
Red - swim with extreme caution
Blue / Purple - watch out for marine life, like sharks or jellyfish

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! But not with booze, which will increase your risk of overheating. The CDC also reports that alcohol use is a factor in up to 50 percent of adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation. So keep it dry.

Save your skin. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and even more often if you've been in the water during that time.

Keep a careful eye out for children. They may need your help!

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