We want you to have an enjoyable vacation, but as with venturing into any new environment, remember that safety should always be top of mind:
Slather on the sunscreen! Begin your day with a 30 SPF (sunscreen-protection factor) or higher for children and fair skin. Re-apply sunscreen after swimming and at regular intervals throughout the day. Hats and sunglasses provide additional protection, as does zinc ointment for sensitive and highly exposed areas. The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Don’t be fooled by an overcast day; clouds and haze intensify rather than soften the sun’s effect. Being in and around the water also increases the burning potential of the sun’s rays. Use aloe vera products to cool and soothe minor sunburns. If blistering occurs, see a doctor.
Dehydration can quickly turn into a serious medical condition, so it’s crucial to stay hydrated in a sub-tropical climate like Sanibel’s. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, even if you’re only walking or lying on the beach. If you plan on biking, playing tennis or engaging in any other outdoor activity, drink at least 12 ounces of water before you step out the door. After coming in from the sun, drink beyond satiation and continue to do so throughout the day. Avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating. Juice and sports drinks are fine, but good ‘ole H2O is best, so drink to your health!
Thunderstorms and lightning are common summer occurrences in Florida. They are lovely to watch – from inside. At the first rumbles of thunder, seek shelter. Never stay in the water during a thunderstorm. Remember that thunderstorms frequently strike suddenly. Should severe weather be on its way, contact Guest Services for the latest forecast and be prepared to take necessary action.
Hot, Hot, Hot
With Florida’s sizzling summertime temps, the inside of a parked car can quickly become an oven. Never leave a child or pet alone in a car, even if the windows cracked, even if you’re just “running in quick” to a convenience store.
A Bug’s Life
Mosquitos and no-see-ums are at their worst in the summer, but can be annoying throughout the year. Carry bug repellent with you – preferably a product that is all-natural, DEET, PABA and paraben-free (the new skin-safe “No No-See-Um,” created by a pair of Sanibel residents, is a great choice and is available all over the islands). You can also opt for lightweight long-sleeved clothing for added protection.
Utilize island bike paths and avoid roadways, especially in the busier winter months. Pedal at a moderate and safe pace on the right side of the path, and alert others when you plan to pass. Always stay alert to vehicular traffic, particularly at road and driveway crossings. Keep an eye on the sky and have a plan for where you can seek shelter in the case of a sudden thunderstorm.