OFFICIAL safety messages are being written in the sand on Burnham-on-Sea beach to warn people about the dangers they pose. 

The scheme was first trialled  by the RNLI in Cornwall to draw attention to tidal cut off points and rip currents.

At the start of this year RNLI lifeguard supervisors practised the sand signage during training and inductions.

One of the sand signs appeared on Burnham Beach this week which said 'Don't pass red flags'

The RNLI said it will be utilising the tool this summer to catch people’s attention and highlight local beach risks.

Luke Penman, RNLI lifeguard supervisor at Burnham-on-Sea, said: "We’ve been using sand signage in Burnham this season to get across key safety messages.

"The sea tends to only be safely accessible here approximately two hours either side of high tide, due to the estuary and mud exposure, so by using the red flags at these dangerous stages of the tide we can prevent people getting stuck and needing rescuing.

"Combining this with the sand signage helps get the message across clearly to beach goers and keep everyone safe this summer.

"So please take notice of the signs and any advice given by our Lifeguards. They are there to keep you safe."