•Wear swim shoes to avoid getting cut on shells or rocks.

•Don't swallow water.

•Shower after swimming and wash your hands before eating.

•Pick up dog waste and dispose of diapers properly.

•Don't swim in areas with high bacteria counts.

•Don't swim within 48 hours of a heavy rainfall.

•Don't feed geese, ducks or other wildlife near beaches.

Resources for finding bacteria levels at Maryland beaches:

•Maryland Department of the Environment: http://www.marylandhealthybeaches.com

•Maryland Department of Natural Resources water safety: mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/eyesonthebay/swim_beach_info.htm