Summertime in Florida is a favorite season for locals and tourists alike, with its beautiful beaches, balmy days, and ample opportunities for outdoor fun. But while you are enjoying all that the Sunshine State has to offer, it is important to stay aware and practice good safety habits to stay protected. From staying hydrated and knowing how to treat bug bites to fun days indoors (it is possible), here are some essential summer safety tips to keep in mind during the summer months in Florida.
Yes. We know. This is a bold statement, but we could not help ourselves. With all the amenities at The Landings at Cypress Meadows and Compton Place in Tampa, and our Harvard Apartments in Melbourne, staying home at your apartment and enjoying all your community has to offer is an entirely enticing good deal.
With patio spaces and balconies to utilize in most units to the enjoyment of throwing a little party of your own in the cool comfort of your club house, staying in has never been more fun.
Did we mention each property has personal climate controls? So, you can set your air conditioning to your liking and put on your favorite show and relax indoors if you wish!
Feeling like you may want a little summertime sun? Do not worry! Each of our three communities located throughout Hillsborough and Brevard Counties boasts their own private community pool for residents.
Prevent Sun Damage
If you want to venture out of the comfort of your apartment there are a few things to keep in mind. Let us go with the obvious first. Florida’s nickname is The Sunshine State, and we mean it. The sun, albeit a welcome friend, will quickly turn on you if not properly prepared. Follow these tips before and while enjoying the rays. We also have a few tips in the event you overindulge and are looking like that lobster you planned to have for dinner!
Wear Protective Clothing
One of the easiest ways to protect your skin is by covering it up with protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and hats. Look for clothing made with UV protection to get an extra layer of protection.
Sunscreen is essential for preventing sunburn and skin damage. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and make sure to reapply every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or sweating.
If you are planning to spend a long time in the sun, make sure to seek out shade during the hottest parts of the day. Umbrellas and canopies can provide some relief from the sun’s rays as well.
If you do get sunburned, it is important to take care of your skin to prevent further damage. Apply cool compresses or take a cool bath to soothe the skin. Aloe vera gel can also help to ease the pain and redness of sunburn and Vitamin E oil will help moisture the exposed skin. It is also important to drink ample amounts of water if sunburned.
Florida is known for its abundance of creepy crawlies, including some unique insects and bugs that can be found only in the state. While some of these insects are completely harmless, there are some that can cause stings or itchy bug bites. It is important to be aware of these insects and how to avoid getting bitten or stung.
Mosquitoes, Fire Ants, and Bees Oh, My!
Mosquitos are a particular nuisance, and their bites can cause irritation and itching. Meanwhile, fire ants and bees can cause painful stings that can become inflamed and swollen.
Avoid the Sting
To avoid getting bitten or stung, it is important to take certain precautions. Wear long-sleeved clothing and use insect repellent when spending time outdoors. Avoid wearing bright colors or floral prints that may attract insects. Also, avoid walking in grassy areas without wearing protective footwear. Avoid going anywhere barefoot!
If you do get bitten or stung, there are a few things you can do to ease the discomfort.
- Clean the affected area with soap and water.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers can also be effective at easing symptoms.
Staying hydrated is incredibly important, especially in the hot and humid climate of Florida. The Sunshine State is known for its scorching summer temperatures, which can quickly lead to dehydration if you are not careful. When you become dehydrated, your body is unable to function properly, leading to a range of negative effects. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and even heat exhaustion or heat stroke in severe cases. It is crucial to stay hydrated to prevent these issues and keep your body functioning optimally.
Is Water the Best Option?
While water is the best choice for staying hydrated, it is not the only option. Other beverages such as sports drinks, coconut water, and herbal tea can also contribute to your hydration. Additionally, consuming fruits and vegetables with high water content, like watermelon and cucumber, can help replenish your body’s fluids as well!
Make it a habit to carry a reusable water bottle with you and take regular sips. If you are planning to be outside for an extended period, consider drinking an electrolyte-rich beverage to replace any lost minerals through sweating.
What to Avoid
Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.
Remember the Sodium!
When you’re sweating, your body is secreting both water and sodium. When you’re trying to rehydrate, it’s imperative to include some sodium in that process. Keep some nuts or crackers handy for moments like this.
Like macaroni and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, Florida and the water are synonymous with one another. One of the main reasons tourists flock to Florida and people move to the Sunshine State is the access to the different rivers, lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. However, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers that come with swimming and boating in Florida’s waterways.
Know Your limits
Do not overestimate your swimming abilities, and do not attempt to swim in water that is too rough or beyond your experience level.
Always Wear a Life Jacket
This is especially important for children and inexperienced swimmers. It is also required by law for boaters to have a life jacket for each person on board.
Swim in Designated Areas
These areas are marked and monitored for safety. Always stay within the designated swimming areas.
Drinking and swimming or boating do not mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment and coordination which can lead to accidents. Switch to water instead.
Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!
Whether you decide to take advantage of the amenities around you at home or if you are enjoying Florida’s waterways on a boat, safety is always important but so is enjoying yourself. Florida is a paradise so lather up, dress properly, and enjoy your friends, family, and Florida’s sunshine!