St Augustine South Improvement Association
by Audrey Allen
unique community wth dissimilar homes
committed to improving quality of life in the South
Quality of Life
conducive to retirement and family living
minimum restrictions on property use
Safety and Security
non-gated yet functioning like a gated community
a blend of homes with nature
With the hot weather here, we turn our attention to the water. If you're lucky enough to have a pool, it's something nice to come home to. But it brings a load of responsibilities if there are children at home, no matter the age. And we have to be concerned about neighbors children visiting the pool. On the average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning in backyard swimming pools each year, and most of them are children under the age of four.
It is recommended that children be under constant supervision while in or near the pool. This does not mean you can be texting or reading a book, as a child can go under for no reason and drown very quickly. Also, you should know CPR as well as having pool fences and barriers installed. Don't be the one who, with tears in their eyes, says, “I just looked away for a minute.”
Snakes, snakes everywhere, and some are not so friendly as a Jacksonville man found out while trying to chase a rattler away with a stick when he was bitten. With a metallic taste in his mouth, he drove home. Within two minutes of arriving there, he was close to death. It took 52 vials of antivenin over two weeks to combat the bite. Fortunately, Mr. Petruski made it and is doing well.
University of Florida Health Department in Gainesville treats about 50 to 75 venomous snake bites a year. There are six venomous snakes in Florida. They are the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake, Canebrake Rattlesnake, Water Moccasin (or Florida Cottonmouth) and the Eastern Coral Snake.
This time of the year, snakes become very active. You can help discourage snakes by keeping the areas around your home free of trash and unused items. Be sure to cut your grass regularly, keep the weeds cleared, and trim your bushes to reduce places for snakes to hide. Also remember that not all snakes are dangerous. Many of them help keep the bug and rodent population down. Here's a website where you can familiarize yourself with those snakes you want to avoid at all costs. http://venomoussnakesfl.com/cottonmouth.htm
I had to go to Ripley's believe it or not to be reminded that the Potato Plant is in the same family as deadly nightshade. The green potatoes and their leaves and stems contain the same poison. So watch what you eat!
Thinking about cutting that large oak tree in your yard? You might want to think again. One large oak can release 1,000 bathtubs of water into the atmosphere annually. That's enough to keep your lawn nice and green.
I hope you are enjoying your summer. SASIA will be taking the summer months off, and there will be no meetings in July or August. Hope to see you in September!