Officials offer safety tips as crowds flock to beaches

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Officials want those seeking relief from the heat at the beach this weekend to be aware of swim safety.

They say that safety starts with being aware of ocean conditions and making sure a lifeguard is on duty before heading into the water.

Islip lifeguard Craig Amarando tells News 12 Long Island that beaches display flags to serve as safety warnings to the public.

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A green flag means the water is calm and suitable for all swimmers.

A yellow flag means weak swimmers are discouraged from entering the water, as moderate rip currents may be present.

A red flag means the water is hazardous, dangerous and only suited for strong swimmers.

Two crossed red flags means that swimming is prohibited.

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