Jamie Paige, Special to the Daily Press

With a three-day weekend and another heatwave looming, many people are looking to get out to the coastline for Labor Day weekend. With the crowds come several warnings from County Lifeguards and Beaches and Harbors. 

The Los Angeles County Lifeguards suggest using common sense when visiting the beach. They said tragedy in the ocean can happen quickly; therefore, having knowledge of aquatic safety is crucial when coming to the beach. Lifeguards say some precautions you can take include always swimming near a lifeguard station and knowing conditions before you hit the water. Keep a safe distance from piers and rocks, always obey warning signs, and use swim fins and a leash whenever bodyboarding.

Pack In- Pack Out

Nicole Mooradian, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, asks beachgoers to pack a trash bag and take home what they brought to the beach. 

“When trashcans overflow, trash scatters, which causes pollution and attracts birds,” said Mooradian. “We want to keep our beaches clean and beautiful so everyone can have a great day.”  

Fire Hazards

There are also growing concerns about fire hazards. Mooradian said beachgoers build illegal firepits outside of designated areas, which are dangerous for fellow beachgoers and the environment. She said that when people are done with a firepit, they put sand over the fire. Many beachgoers with bare feet can walk over the hot sand and burn themselves. Soot and ash are also environmental concerns. Mooradian said some days; there are up to 40 plus illegal firepits built. Beachgoers should only use sanctioned firepits located at Dockweiler Beach in Marina del Rey. 

Expect crowds

When headed to the beach — be patient. With large crowds comes the expectation that you will have to wait to get into parking lots. Mooradian also noted that the parking lot at Point Dume is still closed because of erosion. 

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