When planning your trip to the beach, keep these tips in mind:
1. When a lightning or thunderstorm approaches, immediately leave the water.
2. Keep a watchful eye on the sky in all directions and immediately move to a safe location at any sign of an approaching or developing storm.
For more information, read Niagara Weather.
Beaches are marked unsafe for swimming when water tests show unacceptable levels of E. coli bacteria. Levels of E. coli are affected by a number of conditions, including birds, wildlife, and large numbers of swimmers. Swimming in these waters can cause ear, eye, nose, throat and skin infections as well as diarrhea if the water is ingested.
The beach can also be unsafe or closed due to other environmental conditions including excessive algae growth, flooding, garbage or debris, spills, and bad odors.
Beach water test results may not always be accurate as conditions can change quickly due to the weather. The test results are intended to serve as general guidance. To confirm the most recent test results, visit the Niagara Region Public Health Beaches Water Quality Test Results and Test webpage.
This story was automatically generated with information provided by the Niagara Region through their open data portal.