Social Media: Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
Please help the NWS spread these important safety messages on social media! Everyone is welcome to use the text and images provided below to help the NWS build a Weather-Ready Nation.
- Beach Dangers
- Beach Hazards
- Rip Currents
- Beach Warning Flags
- Obey Beach Sign
- Shallow Water
- Dress the Part
- Thunderstorms for Mariners
Trips to the beach aren't always fun in the sun. From strong currents and dangerous marine life, discover the Nine Dangers at the Beach. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/features/july13/beachdangers.html #SummerSafety
Have fun but be safe at the beach! Discover the Nine Dangers at the beach. http://1.usa.gov/1GIfD3L #SummerSafety
Rip currents aren't the only deadly beach hazard. Learn about dangerous waves and other hazards and why never to turn your back on the ocean.
Rip currents aren’t the only beach hazard. Stay safe this summer.
Have fun this summer, but stay safe! The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that over 100 people per year die due to rip currents in the U.S. Break the Grip of the Rip®!
Over 100 people per year die due to rip currents. Break the Grip of the Rip®!
Stay safe this summer! Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million.
This summer, stay safe! Only swim at a beach with lifeguards.
Beach Warning Flags
This summer, know before you go into the water! Know what the warning flags mean. Read the beach safety signs at the entrance to the beach.
This summer know before you go into the water! Learn what the warning flags mean.
Obey Beach Sign
Plunging waves are the most dangerous type of breaking waves as they can easily slam you into the ocean floor with a lot of force. Many spinal and head injuries are caused this way. Surging waves can also be dangerous as they can easily knock both children and adults over as they rush up and back down the beach. Even small waves can be dangerous. Remember to obey beach signs and, ‘Stay Dry When Waves Are High.’www.weather.gov/beach #BeachSafety
Obey beach signs and stay dry when waves are high.
The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) advises beachgoers to enter the water feet first. The USLA says, “serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia, occur every year due to diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom. Check for depth and obstructions before diving.
Avoid injuries, check for depth and obstructions before diving into unknown water.
Dress the Part
Protect yourself from the heat while on summer vacation. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen regularly. www.weather.gov/heatsafety #SummerSafety #BeachSafety
Keep cool! Stay hydrated and apply sunscreen at the beach.
www.weather.gov/heatsafety #SummerSafety #BeachSafety
Sunscreen is a must for everyone under the sun! Protect yourself from getting burned.
Sunscreen is a must for everyone under the sun! Protect yourself.
Thunderstorms for Mariners
Thunderstorms can be a mariners worst nightmare. They can develop quickly and can produce strong wind, pounding rain and deadly lightning. If you see clouds beginning to pile up, thunderstorms are likely beginning to develop. Don’t wait until you can hear thunder or see lightning. It is best to head to port or safe shelter at the first sign of a developing storm. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/safeboating/during.shtml
When thunderstorms start to form, head to port or safe shelter immediately! #SummerSafety http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/safeboating/during.shtml
To raise awareness, scientists are turning rip currents purple using dye to help beachgoers learn to identify them. This video from NWS partner Science of the Surf shows a time-lapse of a rip current. Watch how quickly the dye is pulled out to sea once it encounters the rip current starting at 24 seconds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=97&v=AOkSvx-bn5k For more examples of rip currents and dangerous waves, visit: http://www.scienceofthesurf.com/multimedia.html #BeachSafety
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