Safety is our first priority for any beach cleanup. Even the cleanest-looking beach can hide dangers under the sand such as nails, broken glass — even hypodermic needles. Ask your beach captain or cleanup leader about dangerous areas and places to avoid. Contact CCD Coordinator Marissa Maggio with any questions.
Do have clothing and sun-block to protect you from the sun.
Do stay in teams of 3 or more people.
Do notify your beach captain or lifeguard of any emergencies or accidents.
Do be cautious of the bike path.
Do not pick up dead animals, or attempt to move an injured animal—call the Beach Captain or a life guard.
Do not pick up syringes, needles, any sharp objects, condoms, tampons, waste materials or anything of which you are not sure. Mark the area with a ring of stick or stones and notify the beach captain or a lifeguard.
Do not lift anything too heavy.
Do not clean near any flowing storm drain outlets.
Do not pick up any weapons.
Do not go in any locations that appear to be unsafe.
Do not leave minors and children for whom you are responsible unsupervised. Minors and children must be supervised at all times by their parent or a legal guardian.
Be careful of:
Be careful of over-exertion, sunburn, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. When in doubt, come in early. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be careful of fragile dune areas.
Be careful of the waves and water. Do not go in the water, turn your back on the ocean, or leave minor children for which you are responsible unsupervised.
Be careful of rocky or unsafe terrain.
Additional safety measures:
Ask your beach captain or cleanup leader about dangerous areas and places to avoid.
Know the cleanup boundaries and agree on a return time for your group.