NCFL ACE Hardware Employees Recommend Summer Heat and Hurricane Preparedness Items

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BRONSON, Fla. (WCJB) — The summer months bring outdoor activities that bring very hot temperatures, so items to keep the heat down while enjoying nature have been the most popular.

Zachary Frazier is an employee of ACE Hardware in Bronson and he said coolers and fans are always a common purchase during the summer months.

They have recently noticed an increase in fishing supplies, especially bait, due to the popularity of the activity during the summer.

“I just think about the heat. People like to fish in the summer, it’s hot and there’s not much else to do. Enjoy the water, dive, fish, swim. There are a bunch of local ponds here and people love to fish,” Frazier said.

In addition to fishing supplies, Frazier said they sell a lot of horse hay during the summer, as there are several horse farms in the area.

From tropical storms to hurricanes, the summer months can bring extreme weather.

ACE equipment is stored year-round for these emergencies.

A severe hurricane can often lead to power outages, and Frazier said to focus on rechargeable items.

This includes batteries, flashlights and cell phone chargers.

“Just all of the above. You just have to be ready for whatever may happen. Batteries are important. If you’re out of energy, how can you see? How can you do anything without power? Charge a cell phone? You have to be able to use something,” Frazier said.

Frazier recommends stocking up on candles, gasoline, and plenty of water for a tropical storm or hurricane.

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