When we are not working on mold remediation in Tampa, we plan to be enjoying the summer fun. Summer in Tampa is sensational. The weather in Tampa is great year-round, but summer vacation provides visitors the opportunity to see why we love to call Tampa home. Whether you are a lifelong Tampa resident or a vacationer, take some time to review these tips to ensure you have a safe and fun summer.
Avoid Fire Damage Tampa Emergencies
Unfortunately, we spend a lot of time during summer doing fire restoration Tampa residents need because of summer fires gone bad. Between grill fires gone awry, fireworks accidents, and firepit emergencies, summer fires are more common than you think. You can avoid these types of disasters by paying attention to location. For example, do not have your grill close to your home or try to shoot off fireworks close to your house. Always keep a working fire extinguisher on hand and a hose nearby. And, if it is windy, just say no to anything fire related.
Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, are serious and can be fatal. That’s why it is important to know the signs. These are the signs someone is suffering from a heat-related illness:
- High body temperature
- Passing out
- Clammy skin
- Nausea or vomiting
You can learn more warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know appears to be suffering from a heat-related illness in this guide from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And stay hydrated!
Protect Your Skin
The sun is one of the biggest threats to your safety. Florida Health reports, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. In 2015, 6,484 melanoma cases, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, were reported in Florida.” The number of melanoma cases has continued to rise.
You can protect your skin by wearing sunscreen with a UVA/UVB SPF 15 or higher and reapplying it every two hours. Additionally, you should choose clothing that protects your skin. You may also want to limit your time outside during the middle of the day (from 10 AM to 4 PM) when the sun is at its strongest.
Practice Water Safety
Sadly, Florida leads the U.S. in drownings most years. That’s why it is important to review water safety rules each year. Children should never be left alone near pools or other bodies of water, and even older swimmers should avoid swimming alone. It is also important to remember to enter the water feet first since many accidents occur from diving into shallow water. Also, be sure to only swim in designated areas.
Stay Safe on Boats
Boats are a big part of summer fun in Tampa. Regrettably, some people throw safety out in the name of fun when it comes to boating. This is extremely dangerous. You should avoid drinking and boating, just as you should avoid drinking and driving. Operating a boat while under the influence is unsafe. It is also important to make sure everyone on the boat wears a life jacket.
Adhere to Local Guidelines
The environment is continuously changing, but we are lucky to have great systems in place here in Tampa to keep you informed. For instance, it is important to pay attention to any warnings about beach conditions, such as dangerous rip tides. Additionally, make sure to adhere to any notices regarding algae blooms in the area. Water testing in Tampa is done regularly, and algae blooms are monitored. Swimming in water with algae blooms can cause health issues, such as skin irritation.
Follow COVID-19 Recommendations
Summer 2020 will be different from any other summer in memory due to COVID-19. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy summer, but it does mean that we will have to enjoy the summer a little differently. For example, individuals are still encouraged to wear face masks and practice social distancing – even while at popular summer hotspots like pools. Be sure to follow any COVID-19 recommendations from the local government to protect yourself and those around you.
Dririte: The Restoration Company Tampa FL Relies On 24/7
If you face an emergency this summer, Dririte is on call, day or night. We offer a wide range of restoration services, including water damage restoration in Tampa and fire restoration. For over forty years, our professional team has helped Tampa area homeowners get back on their feet after disasters.