Headed to the Beach? Here are the Top Dangers to Watch Out For!

If you live near a body of water, the beach is probably calling out to you. Warm sand and radiating sunlight offer a good break from your daily grind and provide fun activities for the whole family. But a trip to the beach is not without danger. Here are the top beach dangers you’ll need to look out for:

  • Lightning & Storms - Lightning is always a risk anywhere you may be. If WeatherBug's Spark™ Lightning Alert tells you lightning is within 10 miles of your location, it's time to vacate the beach.
  • Sun & Ultraviolet Rays - The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be dangerous to the human body. There are two types of UV rays, known as UVA and UVB. UVA can increase the risk of skin cancer, skin aging, and other skin diseases and UVB rays increase the risk of skin cancer and cause painful sunburns.
  • Cold Waters - Even though the outside temperature may be warm, the water temperature can still be very cold. Ignoring this fact can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature falls below normal and can be fatal. Onset can occur quickly once you’re in the water.
  • Heat & Dehydration - Make sure you and your family are drinking plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Dehydration can be the start down the road to heat stroke, which could land you in the hospital. Drinking water will help to cool the body as well as keep you hydrated.
  • Rip Currents - It can happen at any beach with breaking waves, even the Great Lakes. If you’re not careful, rip currents can take you out further into the water. If you swim against it, you will get nowhere. Rip currents are the root cause of 80% of surf rescues and cause more than 100 deaths a year!

For additional information on beach dangers, check out our Beach Safety 101.

For information on rip currents, go here.

Be Safe! Know Before™.

The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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