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The top 10 dangers at the beach and how you can stay safe

Trips to the beach aren't always fun in the sun. Keep things smooth sailing with these tips in mind
July 13, 2016
No swimming signs around stone groins, Galveston, Texas. Courtesy of Spencer Rogers, North Carolina Sea Grant.

Rip currents, lightning, sharks, sun burn, poor water quality and marine debris — now that certainly does not evoke thoughts of an idyllic beach day, but anything can happen and its best to be prepared. In fact, these are just a handful of the many dangers you can encounter at the beach on any given day. Luckily, knowledge is power and NOAA has put together a list of the top 10 beach dangers and the safety tips you need to know to make you next beach visit a safe and pleasant one.