In the Pacific Northwest, we associate summer with fun at the beach. Kids love to dig in the sand, catch mini crabs, and splash around in the surf. Beach safety is the key to making sure that the trip doesn’t end in a tragedy. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children under the age of 14 and eighty percent are male. To avoid a beach accident, it is important to keep a good eye on your kids, not just your book, while they play near the water. Waves can cause a loss of footing very easily for children. Follow these beach safety tips from the American Red Cross to keep yourself and your family safe this summer.