Beach safety at Hangout Fest

South Baldwin County is getting a jump start on the summer tourist season. Thousands of people are in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for the Hangout Music Festival.

One of the big draws of the Hangout Fest is that it’s set on the beautiful white sandy beaches. But if you’re not careful, a day on the beach can become dangerous.

Beach Safety Director Melvin Shepard talked to FOX10 News about how to stay safe.

Be sure to keep sunscreen on to prevent burning. Also, keep hydrated.

Additionally, pay attention to the beach flag warning system.

  • A double red flag means do not get in the water, conditions are dangerous.
  • The single red flag means “high hazard.” That could be high surf, or strong rip currents.
  • A yellow flag means caution – look out for moderate surf or currents.
  • A green flag means conditions are calm.
  • Finally, a purple flag means there could be dangerous marine life out there, such as sharks.
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