Hitting the beach or pool with a smartphone? Read this first

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’re entering the heart of beach season – a time when many people don’t think twice about bringing tablets or smartphones along for the ride. Gotta have that e-reader handy right?

Unfortunately, sand, water and smartphones don’t really mix.

If you’re undettered and still eager to hit the beach or pool with your favorite gadgets, take note of the following tips:

Tip #1: Buy a waterproof case

There are a number of these on the market at various price points. If you don’t want to shell out the money, or find yourself in a pinch last-minute, try a plastic bag. It can protect your device and still allow some touch-screen functionality.

Tip #2: Keep devices out of direct sunlight

Mobile devices can overheat quickly, especially in a hot car, increasing the possibility of damage.

If disaster strikes and your smartphone or tablet ends up underwater…

Tip #3: Dunk your device in dry rice

You can sometimes save a waterlogged device by sticking it in a bowl of dry rice as soon as possible. Make sure to remove your battery first.

Tip #4: Invest in a can of compressed air

For a device clogged with sand, use a can of compressed air to gently blow the grains out of cracks and corners.