Social Media: Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
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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

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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

Twitter
Have fun but be safe at the beach! Discover the Nine Dangers at the beach.  http://1.usa.gov/1GIfD3L #SummerSafety

Break the Grip of the Rip

Beach Hazards

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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.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/beach_hazards.shtml  #SummerSafety

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Rip currents aren’t the only beach hazard. Stay safe this summer.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/beach_hazards.shtml #SummerSafety

Break the Grip of the Rip

Rip Currents

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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®!
www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/
#SummerSafety

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Over 100 people per year die due to rip currents. Break the Grip of the Rip®!
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/
#SummerSafety

Only Swim at Beach with Lifeguards

Lifeguard

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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.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov #SummerSafety

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This summer, stay safe! Only swim at a beach with lifeguards.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/
#SummerSafety

Only Swim at Beach with Lifeguards

Beach Warning Flags

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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.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/before.shtml #SummerSafety

Twitter
This summer know before you go into the water! Learn what the warning flags mean.
http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/before.shtml #SummerSafety

Beach Warning Flags

Obey Beach Sign

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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

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Obey beach signs and stay dry when waves are high.
www.weather.gov/beach
#BeachSafety
Other Beach Hazards

Shallow Water

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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.
www.weather.gov/beach
#SummerSafety

Twitter
Avoid injuries, check for depth and obstructions before diving into unknown water.
www.weather.gov/beach #SummerSafety

Other Beach Hazards

Dress the Part

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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

Twitter
Keep cool! Stay hydrated and apply sunscreen at the beach. 
www.weather.gov/heatsafety #SummerSafety #BeachSafety

Enter the Water Feet First

Sunscreen

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Sunscreen is a must for everyone under the sun! Protect yourself from getting burned.
www.weather.gov/heat
#SummerSafety

Twitter
Sunscreen is a must for everyone under the sun! Protect yourself.
www.weather.gov/heat
  #SummerSafety

Stay Dry When Weaves Are High

Thunderstorms for Mariners

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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

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When thunderstorms start to form, head to port or safe shelter immediately! #SummerSafety http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/safeboating/during.shtml

Nine Dangers at the Beach

Video

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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

Twitter
@Dr_Rip_SOS dyes rip currents to teach beach goers to identify them.
Video: http://bit.ly/1KALIyw More Info:http://bit.ly/1AA0UZv  #BeachSafety


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