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Beach Safety

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 One way to practice beach safety is to pay attention to the Beach Warning Flags that provide information  about surf conditions. It is not uncommon to experience dangerous rip currents when there is a break in the sand bar. This break creates a narrow path of water that rushes out to the sea and a swimmer in this path will be pulled away from shore. It is impossible to swim against the power of a rip current in an attempt to return to shore – do not even try. It is best to swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current before swimming to shore. A double red flag indicates a rip current and bathers are forbidden to enter the water.A single red flag allows you to enter the water as long as you cool down at the water’s edge, no deeper that knee deep. E.xplanations of the flag colors are posted on signs under the flags.

Beach safety is increased when swimmers choose to enjoy beach time at an access with lifeguards. Lifeguards are provided by the Walton County Fire Department and will be found at these locations:

Inlet Beach, Seagrove Beach

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30A Beach

, Seaside,Blue Mountain Beach and three accesses in Santa Rosa Beach.


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Beach Safety

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Following beach safety rules will help you have a fun and safe trip to the beach without suffering mishaps or putting yourself in dangerous situations. Yesterday, I saw families having a wonderful time at the beach at Seaside and at Grayton Beach the day before. It was nice to see that they were having their fun in a very safe way. Following are some very basic rules and suggestions to follow while enjoying the beach:

Take sunscreen, sun glasses and a wide brimmed hat for proyection from harmful UV rays. Wear a long sleeved shirt or coverup for extra protection. Limit the amount of sun you receive between the hours of 10 and 2 o’clock, when rays are the most intense.

Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol in them – they will make your body even hotter

Watch for signs of heat stroke, which is life threatening. Signs are hot, dry and red skin and changes in consciousness with a rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. Call 911 immediately and wrap the victim in a wet sheet and fan them. Place ice on the victim’s wrists , ankles, armpits and neck to cool them.

Wear eye protection. Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes. Be sure your glasses absorb 90% of the sun’s rays.

Never swim alone.

Do not dive into head first into shallow water. and don’t dive into the bottom of oncoming waves.

Check weather conditions before you go to the beach and be alert to changing conditions throughout the day.

Swim parallel to the shore instead of away from the shore. If you tire it is easier to return to shore. Also, open water is colder than water near the shore.

Follow these basic rules the next time you head out to  the beaches on 30A

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30A’s Beach

and you will be certain of fun in the sun without any problems!

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