With water temperatures rising, you may be ready to hit the Lake Michigan beaches but do you know what the beach flags mean? 

The snow is gone, the sun is out and the water is getting warm. Time to hit the beach and enjoy the sun. Most public beaches have flags that will advise you of the water conditions and when not to swim. A video on Red Flag Water Safety, released by the City of Holland shows what could happen if you ignore the flags.

The Michigan DNR also offers some advice and what the flag colors mean.

A red flag means STOP - stay on the beach and out of the water.

A yellow flag means CAUTION - watch for dangerous currents and high waves.

A green flag mean GO - but stay aware of changing conditions. All Michigan Great Lakes State Park beaches with designated swim areas (marked by swim buoys) utilize the flag warning system.Be sure to monitor the flags throughout the day as wave and current conditions can change very quickly.

So stay safe this summer and pay attention to the flags.

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