Play it safe at the beach this summer
One of the highlights of a beach trip is water recreation. But the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reminds everyone to be mindful of safety around water this season.
Never swim alone. Stay in groups, and don’t drift too far from shore.
- Don’t swim near piers, pilings and platforms.
- Do not swim in areas being used by fishermen. Avoid swimming in areas where schools of fish are present.
- Use extra caution when water is murky. Avoid being in the water during nighttime hours.
- Rip currents are most prevalent when the waves crash perpendicular to the beach, rather than at an angle. Look for gaps between the waves; a small patch of calm water surrounded by waves is often a rip current. And look for discolored water near the shore. Rip currents tend to drag large amounts of sediment back out to sea; they’re identifiable by a noticeable flow of sand extending away from the shore.
- Heed beach warning flags, which are posted at all public beach areas in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Gulf State Park.
For more on summer safety, visit alea.gov.
Alabama launches statewide action plan to eliminate cervical cancer by 2033
Alabama ranks third in the nation in the incidence and deaths from cervical cancer, and the burden is even worse in rural counties. To address the problem, the state Department of Public Health, primary care providers and several other health and advocacy groups have launched “Operation Wipe Out Cervical Cancer Alabama.”
The action plan will use evidence-based strategies to promote vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV), encourage cervical cancer screenings, and ensure follow ups when a screening indicates abnormal results.
HPV vaccinations help protect children and adolescents before they are exposed to the virus. Cancer screenings among women ages 21 to 65 detect abnormal cells in the cervix, which can lead to cancer. And appropriate follow-ups improve the chance of recovery from cervical cancer.
For more information on the statewide action plan, and to find out how you or your organization may get involved, visit alabamapublichealth.gov.
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