With the end of summer upon us, I think this might be a fun time to talk about the Three A’s of South Florida Safety. (Of course, anywhere else in North America, the end of summer came and went some time ago. But we live in Boynton Beach, Florida, where summer temperatures easily last through October, so September only feels like the very first stage of failure for us. As I was saying, as we head into the tail end of summer, here are some important safety tips just to keep you on the safe side.
The Three A’s of South Florida Safety:
- Alligators. According to the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife, our job is to learn to coexist with them. We can minimize the danger by not feeding them, disposing of our fish scraps in the proper receptacles, and only seeking to observe or photograph alligators form a safe distance. Although the idea of a Gator Selfie may sound appealing, going through the rest of your life with all your limbs intact also sounds desirable. Use your head.
- Alcohol. Although in most states this is where we would focus on DUIs, since we live in Florida, I’m going to focus on BUI, Boating Under the Influence. It’s so much of an issue that this past Labor Day, South Florida Law Enforcement announced a crackdown on BUIs due to seven deaths this year due to BUIs alone. If you’re going to indulge, use your head. Be sure that someone else is on hand to drive the boat.
- Automobiles. Florida has some unique driving conditions. For one, we have a large influx of retirees flooding the roadways at least half of the year. Additionally, from April through November, heavy rains (and worse!) from tropical storms create dangerous roadway conditions. During all times of year, you share the roadway with drivers of all sorts, from the careful to the careless. Use your head. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on 10 and 2, and your mind engaged. Do what you can to mitigate the dangers by being the best driver that you can be.