Labor Day means a three-day holiday weekend for a lot of us. It also means more people potentially traveling for the holiday and enjoying time with friends and family. As with many holidays, more people may be on the road this weekend. Additionally, this may be the last weekend of summer fun like swimming and grilling. Those elements can also present hazards. Stay safe and alert!
The American Red Cross offers these safety tips for the holiday weekend:
- Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling and how you would get information in the event of a disaster (local radio systems, emergency alert systems).
- Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination.
- Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
- Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Observe speed limits.
- Make frequent stops.
- Be respectful of other motorists.
- Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
- Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather, and don’t overdrive your headlights.
- Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
- Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
- If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
- If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
Even though summer is ending, keep your guard up for safety this weekend. It is always easier to be prepared and proactive compared to reacting to a situation after the fact. Enjoy the time with friends and family, we hope you have a great weekend.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!