Labor Day – the symbolic end of summer and start of back-to-school season. On its own, Labor Day is just another day; however, the combination of crowds, alcohol, busy travel or being on the water adds an element of danger you may not be prepared for. Heading into this holiday weekend, keep in mind a few simple but important safety tips.
- According to local fire departments, this time of year conditions are dry increasing the risk of fire and heat exhaustion. When grilling, always be in a well-ventilated area and never grill under an overhang. Be familiar with your city ordinance especially for outside burning. To help prevent heat exhaustion, stay well hydrated throughout the weekend.
- If you’ll be spending time on the water, always wear a life jacket. Boating without one is like driving without a seatbelt. Have a float plan and ensure you check all of your equipment before going out on the water. A well planned boat outing will leave you stress free for the day but prepared if necessary.
- According to the National Safety Council, Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest for traffic fatalities. Be sure to designate a sober driver if you plan to be drinking. Don’t ever use a cell phone behind the wheel. Making smart choices this weekend on the road could make the difference between an enjoyable long weekend and one spent in the emergency room.
Remember, even if you’re taking all the necessary precautions over the holiday weekend, there are many others that may not be. Be aware and stay safe this weekend.