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beach safety

James, 13, and Tyler Gogal, 16, bury their brother Austin, 18, in the sand at Emerald Isle beach Friday afternoon

Photo by Maria Sestito/The Daily News
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 01:03 PM.

Safety is a key factor in ensuring an enjoyable beach trip and there are tips to follow to help make any visit to seashore a safe one.

For visitors who may not be familiar with the area, one of the most important things they can do as they claim a favorite spot in the sand is to make note of the address of the house or location on the beach strand where they are located. Public beach accesses typically have a sign or post with a name or number.

The location is helpful for emergency responders if they are called in the case of an emergency.

Having fun at the beach often includes building sandcastles and digging in the sand.

But when you pick up and head home, be sure to fill in those holes before you leave.

They can be dangerous for people walking on the beach who don’t see them, particularly at night. They can also disturb sea turtle nesting on the beach and hatchlings leaving a nest.

“They can be dangerous because people can fall, and they can be a problem for turtle nesting. If a hatchling falls in one, they can’t get out,” Surf City Tourism Director Allan Libby said.

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