Summer in Orlando brings a host of new opportunities and challenges. The kids are out of school, the weather is sunny (except for those pesky afternoon showers), and the tourism dollars start flowing. However, the weather can bring some unwanted dangers as well. Here are some typical Florida concerns and ways to stay safe during the summer.
Summer is the perfect time to head for the water. While Orlando itself does not have beaches, there are plenty of local alternatives like a YMCA pool or local campground.
- Florida is a leader in child drowning. The good news is that drowning under the age of 18 has been reduced drastically by 73% and continues to decrease over time with proper swim education.
- If your child is younger than five years old, make sure they know how to survive in the water. Many local facilities offer classes at reasonable prices.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Crowded swimming environments make it tough to watch out for each other, so go somewhere that isn’t as densely populated.
During Bad Weather:
The Sunshine State is great to travel to in the summer time, but with the summer time comes hurricane season and afternoon rain. This summer alone, it is predicted that we’ll have six to eight hurricanes, and 90 percent of these hurricanes will make landfall.
- Teach safety measures during severe weather. Once you hear thunder, it’s time to get out of the water.
- If you’re not near a safe building to enter, retreat to an open area and crouch as low as possible.
While Visiting Attractions:
Did you know that about 17 million people visited Disney’s Magic Kingdom in 2008? Visiting the area attractions is one of the main reasons people come to Orlando. Even at the happiest place on Earth, there are some dangers to be aware of.
- Make sure nothing in your car is visible. Orlando averaged about 1,689 auto theft incidents between 2008 and 2009, all of which range from breaking into cars for items, to total car theft. If possible, stash valuables in your trunk. Out of sight equals out of mind.
- Consider dressing up the family in a similar and bright shirt. Take note of the color your family members are wearing, as this will make it easier to spot them out of a crowd.
A lot of these tips are common knowledge, but without some statistical backing, many residents overestimate their safety during their travels. By keeping these guidelines in mind, you too can get the most out of your vacation.
Article by Amanda Ferencz