Virginia Beach Hazards
Watch out. Keep yourself and your family healthy by preparing for and avoiding common beach hazards.
- Hot Sand
- Invisible Currents
- Sudden Thunderstorms
- Rough Surf
- Poor Decisions
Common Injury Types in Virginia Beach
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Bites and Stings
- Sports Injuries
Tips for Staying Safe at Virginia Beach
- Wear shoes to protect your feet from glass, hot sand, and invisible beach hazards.
- Swim safely. Don’t swim or surf beyond marked areas or outside of the lifeguard's vision.
- Avoid off-hours when you may not be able to get help if you need it.
- Drink plenty of water, and not too much alcohol. Stay hydrated and sober. Alcohol isn’t allowed in some areas and can increase your chances of serious injury.
- Play carefully. Don’t roughhouse or play contact sports in the sand. The uneven terrain can exacerbate injuries like sprains and twisted ankles.
- Treat animals with respect. Keep an eye out for wild animals, like jellyfish, crabs, and sharks. Stings and bites can be painful and result in infections and other serious complications. Also, watch out for unattended or poorly behaved dogs.
- Remember, nature is in charge. Check the weather before you leave for the beach and watch for warning signs for unexpected storms or wind. Be careful when you’re in the ocean and prepare your family for the possibility of rip currents.