Summer Safety Tips from Your Home Exterior Experts

Today’s National Stay Out of the Sun Day, but there’s more to summer safety than that!  Between higher temperatures, seasonal pests, and—let’s not forget—fireworks, there’s a lot to look out for.  As your local home exterior experts, we’ve been working outside all season long.  Here’s what we’ve learned about staying safe in the summertime. child cooling down summer

Beat the Heat

One of our primary concerns around this time of year is always the heat.  Even in the Mid-Atlantic, we can experience heat waves causing temperatures to rise above 90 or 100 degrees.  Let’s not forget about the humidity, either, which can make summer days feel even hotter!  To avoid heat-related illnesses, you can put the precautions you use for National Stay Out of the Sun Day into practice anytime.  At least, try to stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, when you’re more likely to experience sunburns, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. Don’t forget your sunscreen if you’re planning to be outside—ideally one with an SPF of 30 or above.  Bring plenty of water with you, too.  Although you might need more than that for strenuous activities (like installing a new roof and/or siding).  Most importantly, learn about the signs of heat-related illnesses, so you can seek treatment as soon as possible!

Protect Yourself from Summer Pests

While we’re home exterior experts, rather than pest control professionals, we try to stay up-to-date on the latest bug watchlists.  Not only can these common pests make our line of work more dangerous, but they also affect the communities we’re here to help!  This summer, in particular, we’re doing our best to repel mosquitoes, ticks, yellowjackets, and biting flies.  Apart from being a nuisance, these species can also spread disease.  Especially several new species of tick that are popping up in record numbers thanks to a mild winter.  Stock up on bug repellant this summer and be sure to check your family for lingering insects and/or bug bites after spending time outdoors. sparkler fireworks

Fireworks Safety for July

Did you know that July holds the record for fireworks-related emergency room visits? Avoid being part of this statistic by enjoying public displays this July 4th, rather than attempting to host your own.  Not only are fireworks still illegal in many places throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, and Delaware.  But also, they’re incredibly dangerous!  Adults under the influence and children are particularly susceptible to burns while attempting to use fireworks.  Keep in mind, your buildings are at risk, too.  By lighting them too closely to your home, outbuildings, and/or neighbors, you can damage siding, roofing, windows, etc.  You could even light the entire structure on fire if you’re not careful. Rather than call us for repairs, leave fireworks to the professionals this season.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to have a fun, yet safe summertime.  If you have any questions more closely related to your home exterior, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  Otherwise, our team at Schaefer Exteriors will be here, following our own advice for summer safety.  While wishing you and your family a very happy 4thof July!

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