Can You Guess the 5 Biggest Beach Dangers? (Hint: It's Not Sharks)
While it may seem pretty dangerous to head to the beach these days —with crash-landing planes, lightening strikes and flesh eating bacteria — incidents like these are pretty rare.
You can throw shark-related deaths in there too.
More common dangers lurk that could make your beach holiday a real bummer. And most of them are avoidable with a little precaution.
Here are the most dangerous things at the beach.
The water may look calm, but looks can be deceiving when it comes to rip currents. (Photo: AP)
1. Rip Currents
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dangerous, rip currents — which are moving streams that pull swimmers out into the water — are the leading hazard for beach-goers and cause more than 100 fatalities every year. If you get stuck in one, it is best to swim with the current, not against it, and swim parallel to the shoreline until the stream finally spits them out. Most victims of rip currents actually die of exhaustion, not drowning, because they tried to fight the rip current and ultimately lost.
Lather on the sunscreen — over-exposure and sunburns are a huge danger at the beach (Photo: AP)
Feeling like a lobster after a day at the beach is no fun — and getting a bad burn can be dangerous even deadly. Heat disorder symptoms include sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke — which can lead to death. Sunburn can take up to 24 hours to reveal its full damage. If the burn is severe, accompanied by a headache, chills or a fever, seek medical help right away.
It may be fun to make a sand castle, but it may be deadly to dig a sand hole. (Photo: AP)