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Keep your gadgets safe while in the sand and surf

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A day at the beach can be a perfect time to go off the smartphone grid. (Source: CNN) A day at the beach can be a perfect time to go off the smartphone grid. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Thanks to their portability, a lot of smartphones and tablets will log time near the sun and sand this summer. But a day at the beach or pool can pose some hazards for gadgets.

There are a number of waterproof cases on the market, but lacking that accessory, Consumer Reports says a plastic bag can protect a device from sand and water in a pinch, while still allowing you to use touch-screen functionality.

Also keep devices out of direct sunlight. They can easily overheat. Don't leave them in the car either. It's best to keep that device with you and in the shade.

With so much personal data now stored in smartphones and tablets, don't leave them unattended.

In the event of a beach or pool mishap, a device that's taken a dip in the water can sometimes be salvaged by sticking it in a bowl of dry rice, as quickly as possible. Pull out the battery first, if possible.

A gadget that's logged with sand can benefit from cleaning with a can of compressed air.

And if you're really nervous about your gadget weathering summer fun, just leave it at home. Old-fashioned books and magazines still work just as well, if you can stay away from talking, and texting.

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