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An Active Lifestyle is a Fun Way to Stay Healthy in Smithtown

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck in front of a building. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown supports their community staying healthy.

Outdoor Activities Never Need to Match Smithtown Founder’s Legendary Physical Abilities

Almost everyone needs exercise to stay healthy in Smithtown. Parents of new babies are told to move their newborns legs and arms during playtime activities. Physical therapists explain that movement is essential for rapid healing after an injury. Schools require students participate in Physical Education class activities. Health officials encourage adults to exercise regularly to help them stay fit and maintain a healthy weight. Exercising also increases bone density, helping older Americans avoid broken bones.

The rugged lifestyle required of the people living in the 1660’s no longer exists. Very few of us could ride a bull non-stop from sunup to sundown, no matter how much costly rich land was at stake. However, one of the best ways to get exercise is to walk or hike outdoors. In Smithtown, we have two wonderful areas where people can hike and enjoy the natural environment, as well as get some of the freshest air in the area. 

Two Large Parks for Enhancing Your Exercise and Outdoor Recreation Activities

Smithtown residents are luckier than people living in most other locations across the country when it comes to outdoor facilities. Here, we have two immense parks in our immediate vicinity. Hiking on trails is a wonderful way to relax, stay in touch with nature, refocus your thoughts, and exercise all simultaneously, year-round. 

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve 

Located on West Jericho Turnpike, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve offers hiking, bird watching opportunities, a butterfly garden, and warm-season fly-fishing. Because this is a passive use nature preserve, some activities are not allowed. These include camping, picnicking, horse-riding, or dog walking.

Fishing by those 16 and older requires a license, although children 15 and younger can fish at Willow Lake free of charge. Getting there is quite easy from the gate, and requires very little hiking. 

During the winter, hikers might want to gear up with snowshoes or skis and poles for cross-country hiking. In the Spring and Fall, precipitation can make trails slippery, so deep treads on boots or shoes are almost a necessity. 

To ask questions about operating hours, fees, and other information, you can call (631) 265-1054.

Blydenburgh County Park

Located on New Mill Road (just south of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve), Y\you can find Blydenburgh County Park. The lake here is 100 acres and contains many bends and curves.

Dogs and horses are permitted here, as well as camping and picnicking, making it more popular than the Caleb Smith State Park (where none of these activities are permitted). 

Hiking on the Stump Pond Loop gives hikers of all skill levels an almost 10 kilometer hike. The trail is well-traveled, creating a safe environment. Take a lunch or delicious snack to enjoy during a break and keep your energy levels high.

Call (631) 854-3712 for questions about spending time in the Park.

Staying Safe when Hiking is Important – Here are Some Essential Tips

Prepare for Your Excursion

  • Dress in layers that can be removed during hotter temps but put back on when needed. Avoid cotton and choose knits or lighter wool. Choose bright colors because although off-season is illegal, staying visible helps avoid accidents and can aid in your rescue if you become lost. Make sure shoes are comfortable and have good soles. 
  • Carry waterproof matches and portable fire starters, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a few days worth of medications, energy-dense portable food items, water filter and container, a few rolls of bathroom paper or tissues, a whistle and a small mirror, and a basic first aid kit.

Avoid Getting Lost

  • During an average year, forest rangers in New York search for about 200 lost or missing hikers in our State Parks. Their ability to find people quickly hinges on knowing basic facts, namely the individual or group’s intended hiking trail, and also when they can expect you to return. This makes informing family or a trusted friend of your itinerary essential to your wellbeing. Making changes can lead to difficulties in locating you, should you need a ranger’s help. 
  • Take your map, and keep it in a waterproof bag. Also, before leaving, learn how to use a compass, and combine it with a handheld GPS unit. Additionally, take note of landmarks you pass. Taking photos of these as you hike can also help keep you from becoming lost.

Why Residential Owners in Smithtown Rely on SERVPRO for all Their Water Cleanup Needs

Staying healthy and safe while hiking comes from sound preparation. Preventing problems, or keeping them from worsening after they happen, is also how SERVPRO helps our customers in Smithtown protect their property.

When water spills over the edge of your sink or tub, or when a water line to your washing machine slips off, water becomes the source of a mess. Left to just dry, even with a fan, your Smithtown home can sustain damage that later requires expensive repairs. 

Water sitting on your floors can damage electrical systems, furnishings, and carpeting and other flooring types. The introduction of water into a normally dry home can create a hospitable environment for the already-present (although dormant) microbes, activating them. SERVPRO can handle all of these, including explosive growth of mold and mildew.

During our work on your home, we use different machines and tools to make your house healthy and safe again. Here is a list of what you might find us using inside your residence after a water spill:

  • Water extraction wands for removing trace amounts of water from small areas (corners and under appliances),
  • Ride-on extractors for open areas that use weight to squeeze water out of carpets and padding,
  • Air movers that circulate air and direct it to open windows or 
  • Desiccant machines, which strip air passing through of moisture,
  • Heaters that help raise the temperature so evaporation happens at a more desirable rate.

SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is always ready to provide expert remediation, mitigation, and restoration services after an accident occurs inside your dwelling. Water cleanup must take place first, before other services can safely begin. We handle all your needs in protecting your investment, making everything “Like it never even happened,” for you and your family. Call our 24-hour emergency services line, (631) 518-3720, for fastest service.

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