Amusement Park Safety Tips

Heading to an amusement park or other busy venue this summer? Police across the country are encouraging parents to write their cell phone number on their child’s wrist and cover it with liquid band aid in case you get separated. They also suggest taking a picture of your child so you know what clothes they are wearing in case you need to give a description if you cannot find your child.
A lot of you may be heading to the beach this summer. Have you ever wondered what the many flags you encounter on a beach mean and how they can keep your family safe? Around the world, beaches post flags of different colors to alert swimmers to conditions that might threaten their hot-weather fun. When memorized, the universal symbols are easy and quick signals that protect summertime travelers. The global membership of the International Life Saving Federation agreed on standards for beach safety that emphasize the importance of warning flags. In its guidelines, the ILS writes that “flags are traditional devices for providing information to beach and water users which, if properly utilized, can be an effective element of a comprehensive safety system.”

The warning flag system is simple because it’s based solely on color and design that can be learned by anyone, regardless of languages and whether they are at a lake in Michigan or a sea in Asia. That’s because the flag color system speaks a universal language:


Beach Safety Flags

*Green, as with traffic lights, mean go swimming, but always with caution.

*Yellow means a “medium hazard,” so “weak swimmers” are advised to be cautious about going into the water.

*Red indicates a “high hazard” that all swimmers – regardless of their level of swimming skill – should heed by

staying out of the water. A double red flag means the beach is closed.

*When a flag is purple, there are creatures in the water that swimmers should be aware of and perhaps avoid by

staying on the sand. Those animals include jellyfish and stingrays. (Sharks are denoted by a red or double-red flag.)

*A flag split between red and yellow means that lifeguards are on duty. The expanse between those flags, notes the

ILS, “indicates a designated area or zone along a beach or waterfront that is most closely supervised or patrolled by

qualified lifeguards.”

*A flag divided into white and black warns swimmers that the area is open to surfers, so swimmers must take care.

*A yellow banner with a black ball on it says that surfboards are prohibited.

Knowing the flag system for water safety helps to ensure that summertime beaches are filled only with laughter and

fun, not with ambulances.

We hope these three summer safety tips help you and your family have a wonderful summer!

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