Last year, the number of kids reported missing at the beach was:
The correct answer is 1,533. Walking away -- not drowning -- is by far the most common reason for these reports by frantic parents. "Prudent parenting" requires you to sit near a numbered lifeguard station or other beach landmark and make sure your child knows where you are.
In water that is 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), a person is likely to survive for:
2.5 to 3 hours
Survival time in 50-degree Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) water is about three hours. Swimmers can survive longer or shorter, depending on their body fat percentage and any protective clothing, as well as the position they take in the water.
It takes about one minute for an adult to drown. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol is involved in as many as one-half of water-recreation deaths among adults and adolescents.
The number of pollution-related closings and advisories in the United States in 1999 was:
The correct answer: 6,160 beaches were closed or had pollution advisories in 1999. The sources of pollution that pose a risk to swimmers exist to some extent in every beach state, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
During heavy exercise in hot weather, you should drink at least this many cool beverages each hour:
1 to 2 cups
2 to 4 cups
Two to four cups every hour is ideal. Avoid very cold beverages, though, because they can cause stomach cramps, and alcohol because it will actually deplete your body fluids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If a thunderstorm is approaching, it's smart to get out of the water and wait out the storm on the beach.
While it's true that you should get out of the water right away, seek shelter in a building or a car rather than on the beach where you are the highest object on the horizon -- and a sitting duck for lightning.