Spring time brings out more people to the beaches with their wonderful family-friendly settings for vacations and weekend trips---as long as you think about a few preventive measures.
Beach accidents can happen quickly, and many beachgoers ignore or simply don't know some of the basic rules of the sand.
All beaches hold dangers and one of the biggest deals with swimmers, no matter how experienced they are the strong currents, called rip currents. They can overcome even the most experienced swimmers.
A survey by the U.S. Lifesaving Association found that 80 percent of the rescues done by ocean lifeguards involve persons caught in rip currents.
Man-made objects such as rock groins and fishing piers that are built into the water can cause swimming nightmares. These long objects in the water tend to funnel the current offshore which can pull a swimmer farther out to sea.
Next to currents, the most dangerous item on a beach has nothing to do with nature. It's alcohol.
Alcohol is one of the biggest factors in drownings on recreational beaches. Stats show that show 50 percent of all drowning victims over the age of 13 had a significantly high blood-alcohol level.
Don't swim alone. It's best to have a buddy system and always swim near a manned lifeguard tower. Most drownings occur at beaches with no lifeguards.
The list shows a few tips to make beach trips safe and pleasant.
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