Do you know about the Florida beach warning flags? Many people do not realize that the colored flags at the beach are actually letting you know about the safety and conditions of the beach at that time. It is important to know these flags, which are not only all over the Daytona Beach area, but are used throughout Florida.
If you access the beach where these flags are not posted, it may be difficult to know what the conditions are. In this event, you may want to ask the lifeguard or beach patrol what the flag is that day. If you are entering the beach by vehicle, the checkpoints have the flag displayed, along with a sign explaining what each means.
Here's the breakdown of the flags and what you need to know:
- Double red flags mean that the beach is closed to the public.
- A single red flag indicates there is a high hazard and that there is a high surf and/or strong currents.
- A yellow flag mean there is a medium hazard and the currents and surf are considered medium.
- The green flag indicates there is a low hazard and conditions are calm.
- A purple flag means there is dangerous marine life (e.g., jellyfish, sharks, etc.).
If there is a purple flag, up ask the attendant what the dangerous marine life is, so you know what to look for. If there is a shark bite down in Ponce Inlet, all of Volusia County will still need to have the purple flag displayed. And if the flag is due to Portuguese Man of War (dangerous jellyfish), you will want to know about it so you can keep the kids safe. If you do happen to get stung by a jellyfish, go to the nearest lifeguard for assistance.
Although the beach is a beautiful place, it can also be quite dangerous. Always swim in site of a lifeguard and never let small children get too far out of reach. A safe day at the beach is always a good day!