For many, Labor Day is the end of summer and the last chance to travel, hit the beach, or fire up the grill. It’s the official last summer barbeque, beach party or family picnic at the lake. As fun as the weekend is, accidents can happen, which is why Security Specialists wants you to note these five safety tips to ensure your family enjoys a fun and safe holiday!
1. If You’re Hitting the Road – Be Careful!
According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle accidents increase during the long Labor Day weekend, causing close to 400 deaths each year. If you have plans to be on the road, make sure that you leave extra time to get to your destination as traffic will be heavy. Also, make sure your car is in good condition to drive, is packed with necessary vehicle emergency equipment (jumper cables, spare tire, flashlight, etc.) and that if driving long distances, drivers take turns in shifts.
2. It’s Still Summer, So Protect Yourself from the Sun!
To protect yourself from the heat, warm temperatures and that last painful sunburn of the season, lather up the sunscreen and remember to drink lots of water! Remember your pets as well by making sure that they have an adequate water supply all weekend.
3. Remember Food Preparation Safety!
With many of us cooking outside this holiday weekend, it’s vital that children be kept away from the grill, slow cook or fire pit to avoid accidents. It’s also important to keep food safety in mind. Before food is prepared, the cook should always wash their hands and make sure the food prep area is sufficiently clean. Cold food items like pasta salads, potato salads, etc. should be kept chilled in order to avoid spoilage. Uncooked meat should not remain out in the open
4. If Boating, Don’t Drink!
A large portion of boating accidents that occur each year involve alcohol consumption by both boat operators and passengers. To protect your safety and loved ones around you, it is strongly recommended not to drink alcoholic beverages while boating. Also, make sure before heading out onto the water, that your boat is equipped with life jackets, an emergency kit, and a first aid kit. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the body of water that you’re boating on, make sure you have enough fuel in your boat (if necessary) and tell someone on land where you are going.
5. Keep Your Eye on Little Swimmers!
Check weather and water conditions before swimming and throughout the day. Keep an eye on all little ones and inexperienced swimmers when they are in or around the water. Keep flotation devices and life jackets on hand and familiar yourself with CPR in case of emergency.