New Safety Technology Installed In Brick, NJ Should Be At All New Jersey Beaches
Hearts across the country broke when a young lifeguard lost his life in South Seaside Park after being struck by lightning last Summer.
I remember that day. It was dark. I cried.
Now, steps are being taken so the same tragedy never happens again.
According to Shorebeat.com, Brick will be purchasing a Thor Guard Detection System that, "will come with on-board sensors that can independently detect electrical currents at long distances."
In layman's terms, the system will alert the public when lighting or electrical currents are sensed nearby.
“It’s one of the only kind of systems that detects lightning independently without using radar,” said Dan Santaniello, Brick Township’s recreation director according to Shorebeat.com. “At 25 miles away, we might get a yellow light. Once it’s in striking distance, the light turns red and a horn goes off, telling everyone to clear the beach.”
I love this and hopefully, this will become an effective form of conditioning with safety being the number one goal.
If you hear the siren, you get your hindquarters off the beach.
Plus, the threat of lightning may be present when the public is not even aware! This system will eliminate that problem.
“That storm [that killed the lifeguard] was 20-something miles away, and there were sunny skies,” added Santaniello. “It’s a hard sell to tell people enjoying a beach day that there’s a storm out there if it doesn’t even seem cloudy – sometimes they think we’re just trying to get out of a day of work, but it takes time to clear the beach.”
This system is already set up near beaches, parks and golf courses down in Florida and has seen nothing but success.
So it only makes sense that this safety success is being brought to New Jersey.
According to Shorebeat.com, the town will be buying two of these systems that will be set up for Brick Beach I and Brick Beach III.
The system's siren can be heard up to a mile away so beachgoers at Brick Beach II will also be able to hear the warning.
This technology will only make the beaches in Brick safer. THIS NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED EVERYWHERE IN NEW JERSEY!
l hope you agree!
So now, there will be no room for arguing with lifeguards or refusing to exit because technology doesn't lie.
This summer, there are a few goals: to have fun, to make memories and make sure the Jersey Shore lives up to its glory.
But what comes above all that.
“We’re always trying to keep our residents’ safety first – whether it’s dealing with Covid or going to the beach,” said Santaniello.