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Beating The Beach Heat: Safety Tips

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47 ABC - Jumping the waves, and bathing in the sun -- the beach is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. But when the temps climb up into the 90's, and the air is thick with humidity, your fun in the sun could end in the emergency room. The latest numbers from the CDC show heat-related deaths are on the rise.

"We always say that thirst is a poor indicator. That you should really hydrate before you come to the beach, and bring things with you," Lieutenant Mike Stone of the Ocean City Beach Patrol said.

"We have some water and Gatorade," Laurette Hartman of Pine Grove, Pa. said.

Lather on that sunscreen. Getting sunburned makes your body temperature rise, which can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

"We came to the beach last week and got a little burned, so we're making sure we're doing the sunscreen really well and re-applying," Winnie Mitchell of Annapolis, Md. said.

And don't forget about the heat beneath your feet. Without protection, the sand can get scorching hot.

"It does get really hot and can cause blisters on your feet," Stone said.

"It feels like my feet are absolutely on fire," Adam Nelson said.

"Oh yeah, my daughter just walked back and we made sure she had her sandals on," Mitchell said.

Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar. Bring or rent an umbrella, so you have shade, and eat light foods like fruit and salad.

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