Photo by @bobridges.
by Kaelyn Floyd
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division responded to 477 ocean rescues, 521 medical aids, and 621 emergency vehicle rescues during the heat wave that lasted from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, 2018.
Over 1 million visited the County’s beaches this past weekend. With high surf and high temperatures creating safety concerns for the public, LACoFD increased staffing at the beach and rescue watercraft and beach units.
If you are going to the beach to cool off, please keep in mind the following warnings:
1. Always swim and surf near an open lifeguard station – and never swim alone.
2. Check in with the nearest lifeguard for daily ocean conditions and hazards.
3. Always swim and surf within your abilities. Use good judgment.
4. If in doubt of the large surf, do NOT go out!
5. Keep a safe distance from piers and rocks, and always obey warning signs.
To find additional places to stay cool, click the link to view a list of cooling centers throughout LA County: https://www.lacounty.gov/heat/