Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips

Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips

The end of summer is upon us as Labor Day Weekend is insight. This weekend is typically celebrated with many traditions such as road trips, barbecues, fireworks, and more. While these are intended to be fun and exciting events, these activities can also present certain hazards. It is because of this that people should be cautious when participating in the festivities. This can be done by implementing the following safety tips throughout the weekend.

Driver Safety

According to AAA, about 35 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more during Labor Day Weekend last year. This means there are many vehicles on the roads at all times throughout the weekend, causing a great deal of congestion. It is crucial for drivers to always follow the rules of the road, but it is even more important during conditions such as these. This can include the following safety measures:

  • Have a driving plan
  • Wear a seatbelt at all times
  • Be patient while driving
  • Stay alert
  • Contact local law enforcement in the event of a drunk driver

During the holiday weekend, it is crucial to not drink and drive. This can put a significant amount of lives at risk for serious injuries and even death. If pulled over, drunk drivers can face severe consequences that have the potential to impact the rest of their lives. 

Water Safety

A large part of celebrating the end of summer involves pools, lakes, and oceans. While participating in these water activities, it is important to stay safe. This can be done with the following safety tips:

  • Do not consume alcohol while swimming or driving a boat
  • Carry safety equipment such as flotation devices and first aid kits
  • Always wear life preservers
  • Do not dive head first
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Never leave a child unattended near water or in it
  • Be aware of no-swim zones or shallow/deep areas

Grilling Safety

Many people have barbecues during the holiday weekend. This involves grills, which can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Follow these safety tips prevent injuries around a grill:

  • Keep the grill away from the house or things that can catch fire (trees, bushes, etc.)
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill
  • Avoid using a charcoal starter or lighter fluid once coals are lit
  • Clean the grill after use
  • Keep spray water on hand in case of flare-ups

Firework Safety

While they are an exciting display, fireworks can also be very dangerous if used incorrectly. It is important to purchase legal fireworks and implement the proper safety measures when using them. This can include:

  • Wear eye protection
  • Do not ignite indoors or in your hands
  • Have adults present at all times
  • Keep water nearby in the event of a fire
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Don’t throw or point fireworks at people
  • Stay a safe distance away after lighting the display
  • Do not consume alcohol while handling fireworks

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