|Maryland is famous for its pristine beaches and healthy swimming waters. Here are some things you can do to help keep it that way!
How to help prevent water-related illnesses:
- Be sure to avoid swimming near storm drains along the beach and
within 48 hours of a heavy rain event, or until the water clears.
- Try not to swallow beach water.
- Shower or bathe after swimming.
- Dogs may not be allowed at some beaches. Please check before you go. If you bring a pet to the beach, dispose of its waste properly (bring small plastic bags with you.)
- You should avoid swimming if you feel ill or have open cuts or sores. If water contact canít be avoided, cover your open cut or sore with waterproof bandages.
- If they are available, use diaper-changing stations in restroom facilities, or change diapers away from the watersí edge.
- Remember to properly dispose of used diapers.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
- Please take all trash with you offsite in a bag.
- Volunteer in local beach clean up efforts.
- Remember not to feed seagulls or other wildlife.
- When boating, you should use an approved marina pump-out station for boat waste disposal.
- If you see any unsafe or unhealthy conditions, be sure to report them to a lifeguard or beach manager.
- Remember to check the Google Earth Beach Notification System on marylandhealthybeaches.com, or your county website, for water quality information about your beach.