Monthly Archives: May 2017

Beach Safety Tips For A Better Summer

Living in Fort Lauderdale means that sooner or later you’re going to the beach. Whether you go alone, with friends or family or with out-of-town guests, you want to be sure your time at the beach is safe and fun. Incorporating these beach safety tips into your trips will go a long way towards that goal.

Keep An Eye Out For Warning Flags

Not many people who use the beach understand what warning flags are all about. This is something you should familiarize yourself with. Red flags mean strong surf. In some cases it could also be that the beach is closed. Yellow flags indicate moderate surf. Green flags are used when the ocean is calm. Blue or purple flags are a sign of potentially dangerous aquatic life like jellyfish or sharks. There should be a sign outside of your beach that designate which flags are for what warning.

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Watch the Weather

At home, you know to keep electrical devices away from your bathtub or sink. The same principle applies with lightning and large bodies of water. You might think that is thrilling to go out to the beach in a storm but you are increasing the risk for injury. If there is a thunderstorm, then you should wait until at least 30 minutes after the last boom to go back to the sand.

Learn How to Swim

This might seem obvious but not everyone who goes to the beach knows how to swim. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep them out of the water. You especially have to be cautious with children at the beach who haven’t been taught how to swim. Once in the water, the ocean floor can shift. That means unexpected drop-offs. At the very least you should learn how to doggy paddle just in case or stay out of the ocean altogether.

Swim Near Lifeguards

Lifeguards are there for a reason. They are keeping a watch on all the swimmers especially in sections of the ocean where riptide currents are known to swell up. There’s no reason why you need to be swimming in an area that’s without lifeguards. You’ll have just as much fun being watched by a lifeguard and you’ll be a lot safer.

Check Your Beach Gear

You want to make sure your beach gear is secure when placed in the sand. There are some terrific clips attached to stakes that you can use for your blanket. Your umbrella should be positioned in the sand at least 1 foot deep. Don’t just poke it in the sand but instead leverage back and forth to wedge it in.

Before heading out to the beach you might need to inspect all your beach gear to make sure it is safe and still ready to use. If your umbrellas are torn or your beach chairs are ripped, then it’s time to replace them. Getting rid of old beach gear is easy when you turn the task over to a company like Junk King Fort Lauderdale. One session with these professional junk haulers will have all your old beach gear gone along with the rest of your unwanted clutter. It’s a terrific way to start the summer.

Ways To Make A New Roommate Feel Welcome

Once you go through the screening process and found what you think to be your next new roommate, there are some steps to take to make them feel welcome once they move in. This is all about getting off in the right foot and setting up a positive living environment. Here’s what you can do:

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Find Ways To Share In The Kitchen

Living with someone means sharing but that doesn’t mean you have to share everything. However, you could share some common things with your roommate. For instance, there are some grocery items that you’ll both be using like toilet paper, paper towel, coffee, milk, etc. You can either go grocery shopping together and split the cost for those common items or take turns buying them.

You should also plan for that first night to have a nice dinner for your roommate. Yes, take out counts! The more you get to know each other the more you’ll find out about your likes and dislikes with regard to food. You could take turns making meals or cook them together.

Schedule Bathroom Time

Scheduling bathroom time is only an issue if you are both sharing one bathroom and leaving for work at the same time. It is important that you both get equal time in the morning or as much time as you both need. Establishing this rule early on will make sure there is no conflict down the road.

Be Open With The DVR

Now that you have a roommate, it means you’ll be sharing some of your DVR a space as well. They may not want to record a favorite show that you have no interest in watching but that doesn’t mean you get to go in and delete their shows. This might mean you get to binge watch some of your programming but that’s not such a bad thing!

Clear Closet And Cabinet Space

Ideally, a new roommate will be moving into a spare room that is completely empty. That room should have their own empty closet as well. However, there might be common areas with a shared closet that you could share with the roommate. The same could be said for kitchen cabinets. If you have a storage unit, then you might want to free up half the space in there as well. All of this clutter removal can be helped with one call to Junk King Fort Lauderdale. They’ll send over a pair of movers and a truck big enough to hold whatever it is you want to get rid of. All you have to do is point to the things you want taken away and the team from Junk King will handle the rest.

Getting along with your roommate is easy if you’re willing to share from the start.