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Beach Safety Quiz
by Staff
Do you know the dangers lurking at the beach? Test your knowledge of beach trivia and common beach hazards that, if avoided, can make or break your beach vacation.

Falling vending machines kill this many people at the beach in a typical year:

  • 1
  • 13
  • 252

Last year, the number of kids reported missing at the beach was:

  • 55
  • 421
  • 1,533

In water that is 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), a person is likely to survive for:

  • 2.5 to 3 hours
  • 6.5 to 10 hours
  • 24 hours

The state with the most shark attacks each year is:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Florida

A group of jellyfish is called a:

  • smack
  • jab
  • glob

The proportion of beachgoers that can't swim is:

  • 1 out of 3
  • 1 out of 10
  • 1 out of 50

It takes a child this long to drown, on average:

  • 20 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 10 minutes

It takes an adult this long to drown, on average:

  • 20 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 10 minutes

The number of pollution-related closings and advisories in the United States in 1999 was:

  • 115
  • 1,040
  • 6,160

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
  • 8 cups

A white cotton shirt will protect you better from the sun than an SPF 15 suntan lotion.

  • True
  • False

Females drown more often than males.

  • True
  • False

If there's no warning sign or flag posted, then it's safe to swim.

  • True
  • False

If you can't swim, it's a good idea to rely on a flotation device such as an inflatable raft.

  • True
  • False

The sun's ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer cannot pass through a car window.

  • True
  • False

Most shark attacks are deadly.

  • True
  • False

If a thunderstorm is approaching, it's smart to get out of the water and wait out the storm on the beach.

  • True
  • False

Sharks get cancer.

  • True
  • False

It's unsafe to swim between two red flags.

  • True
  • False

Like people, sharks have five senses.

  • True
  • False