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Know What Your Beach Flags Mean

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDNews) – During the summer months, hundreds travel to the beach to enjoy the sun, sand, and ocean. It is important to know what the beach flags mean in order to stay safe.

Beach flags are flown to symbolize the dangers of the water to beach-goers.

Two red flags flying (also known as double red flags) means that ocean conditions are potentially life-threatening. The water is closed to the public and entering the Gulf is prohibited.

A single red flag means high hazard because of high surf or currents. The water is still open, but caution is advised.

A yellow flag signifies a medium hazard of moderate surfs and currents.

A purple flag warns of dangerous marine life such as Jellyfish or Man O’ War.

A green flag means low hazard and the water has calm conditions.

Always exercise caution in the ocean, even if the flag is green.