Beach safety

Warning flags: These are flown at the lifeguard stations.  I never knew what they meant before moving here.  Be smart and pay attention to them for your own safety.  These can vary from beach to beach.  These below are from the Fort Lauderdale beach website (also an excellent resource for current beach conditions):  Visit the website

GREEN FLAG – Low Hazard: Conditions are calm; normal care and caution should be exercised.

YELLOW FLAG – Moderately Hazardous Conditions: Moderate currents and/or surf are present; use extra care.

RED FLAG – Very Hazardous Conditions: Rough surf and/or strong currents exist; swimmers are strongly discouraged from entering the water.

DOUBLE-RED FLAG – Closed to the Public: The water and/or beach are closed to the public due to severe currents and/or surf, water pollution, the threat of lightning, or the presence of predatory fish.

PURPLE FLAG – Marine Pests: Jellyfish, man-of-wars, and/or sea lice are present. This flag may be flown along with any of the other flags.

**GASP!**  What in the world are sea lice?  I asked the same question.  They’re thought to be jellyfish larvae.  Read more here.

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