Delaware March 31, 2017
Here Are The 11 Biggest Risks Living In The State of Delaware
Overall, Delaware is a pretty safe state. Crime rates are lower than the national average, and we typically don’t face terrible storms, wildfires, or earthquakes, either. However, there are a few things that you’ve got to watch out for if you live in the First State, from the serious to the slightly off-center.
There are plenty of great spots in Wilmington and I love hanging out in Trolley Square, but the city as a whole is a high crime spot. Be careful where you wander after dark, and stick to groups when you're out on the town.
2. Rip Tides
With millions of people flocking to the Delaware beaches every summer, it's inevitable that Rip Tides drag swimmers out to sea and are responsible for many water rescues. Watch where you swim, check with the lifeguards about conditions, and keep an eye out for gaps in the current that could signal a dangerous undertow.
3. Thrasher's Fries
In the summer (heck, year round) I could put down an entire bucket of Thrasher's fries by myself! Getting addicted to all of the amazing boardwalk food is great for your soul, but could do some damage to your bank account and to your health. Watch the greasy, fatty foods, but don't deprive yourself entirely!
4. Creepy, crawly creatures.
Venemous snakes like the Timber Rattlesnake and Copperhead are found below the canal, and Black Widow spiders are native to Delaware, too. Combine those obvious dangers with ticks and tick-borne diseases, and you need to be careful when you venture outdoors.
Our state is very waterlogged - rivers and lakes are nearly as common as streets! When big storms roll in, the state floods pretty badly. Do you remember when the state was under water for two whole weeks in 2006? Be prepared to get to higher ground and never, ever drive through water.
6. Shopping Too Much
With no sales tax, incredible malls, and a ton of adorable boutiques in most towns, shopping addiction can really drag you down! Stick to a budget and you'll be fine.
7. Pedestrian Accidents
Not many people know that Delaware is America's deadliest state for pedestrians. Almost all of the pedestrian deaths occur at night and over 2/3 occur in New Castle County. Fewer than half are alcohol-related, which is frightening. Nearly all of the deaths occur at night along high speed roadways, and 2/3 are in New Castle County. Delawareans are almost twice as likely to die walking as a pedestrian than in any other state, and it's gotten worse in recent years. Be very careful walking on roads with no sidewalks, and allow extra time on your commute so you do not have to run across the highway to catch a public bus.
8. Swimming in Dirty Water
Delaware's beaches and ocean waters are among the cleanest in the country, which is great news! Unfortunately, our ponds and lakes aren't the same. Most big ponds in Delaware are closed to swimmers, but you can still enjoy the water from a kayak, canoe or paddleboard.
Ugh, traffic. Whether it's an accident or just the stress of trying to get from Wilmington to downstate at rush hour, traffic can cause serious problems in Delaware.
While we're not quite Nebraska when it comes to tornadoes, they aren't unheard of. When big spring and summer storms roll in, keep an ear out for Tornado Watches and Warnings. A Torndao Watch (a "tornado maybe?") means that the risks for a tornado are elevated, and you should keep an eye on any storms that develop. A Tornado Warning (a "tornado yes!") means you need to get to shelter immediately, because a storm has been spotted with enough rotation to set off alarms.
11. Opiates, Addiction
Sadly, Delaware has not been immune to the heroin epidemic that's taking over the northeast. New Castle County has been hit particularly hard. One positive thing to note is that as death tolls are rising, treatment options are expanding. NCC recently launched a $500,000 advertising campaign to get addicts help, and the state's first detox center opened in Sussex County. In Delaware, you can report an overdose without being arrested or charged, and Narcan has become widely available. If you know someone who is battling addiction, you can help them find the resources that the state of Delaware has begun to provide.
Be careful out there, Delawareans, and don’t let the risks of living in Delaware take you too far from this great state. After all, the bad comes with the good, and there are still so many
undeniable reasons people should love Delaware.