Los Angeles Summer Safety Tips
When you think of summer in Los Angeles, you probably think of palm trees, beach days and lots of bright sunshine. And why not? One of the top reasons people choose to live in Southern California is the great weather.
But that doesn't mean it's all sunshine and roses living here in LA. Indeed, these National Weather Service safety tips will help you deal with the hazardous conditions that can interrupt those lazy, hazy days of a Los Angeles summer.
Poor Air Quality
Warm weather naturally draws people outdoors. But whether you're lounging by the pool or hitting the trailhead for a long hike, check the National Weather Service's Air Quality Index (AQI) before you go out.
The AQI forecasts the concentration of ozone and particulate matter in the atmosphere. Even at lower concentrations, exposure to air pollution can create lung irritation and lead to wheezing, coughing and asthma attacks.
A number of factors can degrade air quality, from emissions from vehicles, factories and power plants to natural disasters like wildfires. On days when the air quality is considered unhealthy, you should limit or even avoid strenuous activities such as bike riding, running and hiking. Indeed, on the worst days, just stay inside and enjoy your ac.
A day at the beach offers plenty of fun in the sun but is not without its risks. Even on a sunny, cloudless day, stay vigilant for rip currents, which can be a hazard for even the most experienced swimmers and surfers.
Meanwhile the same heat waves that drive us out to the beach can also drive us back inside thanks to lightning and thunderstorms that cause beach evacuations. So keep one eye on the forecast before heading to the beach and another on the skies while you're there.
Lastly, heat and sun exposure can cause heat related illnesses like sunburns and heat stroke. Protect yourself by staying hydrated, using sunscreen and taking refuge in the shade or indoors if you feel faint or disoriented in the sun.
Officially, California is 100% drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade. But we know that's likely a temporary reprieve and Los Angeles area residents should be aware of the damage that can be caused by prolonged dry spells and prepare now for drought conditions.
The most devastating hazard during dry weather, as most Californians know, is wildfires. Be sure to review the ways you can prepare your home and mitigate the risk of fire damage from a wildfire.
That said, when the rainstorms do come, dry weather can also increase the risk for flooding, especially when the storm follows a wildfire. Likewise, there are several things you can and should do to prepare your home for rainstorms while it's dry.
And remember, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here 24/7/365 to assist you following a storm damage or fire damage disaster. Our highly-trained team of restoration specialists can help you recover important and cherished belongings and return you to those carefree summer days quickly and efficiently.