Here we are….It’s the last vacation of the summer – that’s right, it’s Labor Day! Whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party for family or friends or hitting the road for a road trip, there are several things you can do to stay safe:
- Keep children and pets away from any type of open flame.
- Position the grill so that it’s in a well-ventilated area and away from trees, bushes, the house, and anything else that can catch fire.
- NEVER grill on a deck or balcony!
- Always use long-handed utensils and wear protective, fire-resistant gear when grilling.
- Follow the instructions in the grill’s owner’s manual.
- Have a fire extinguisher ready to extinguish flames if they get out of control.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always dispose of ashes in a metal container. And never place ashes, no matter what they are in, inside your garage, shed, or near any combustible items or structures.
- Don’t use non-approved or non-GFCI protected electrical equipment or wiring around water, including the pool, sprinklers, hot tub, etc.
- Inspect your extension cords for frays or other damage before using them.
- If you’re hosting a party, make sure your guests stay away from power lines or electrical transformers near your home.
- Keep your power tools safely locked away in your garage or shed.
UV and Heat Related Health Tips
- Always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin.
- If you’re sensitive to sunburns and heat related illnesses, wear a hat and try your best to stay in the shade.
- Stay hydrated – the sun can dehydrate you quickly.
- Remember that UV rays bounce off of sand, concrete, and water.
- If you do get burned, apply aloe to the burn on a regular basis.
- Keep in mind the strongest UV index and highest temperatures are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Check the weather before you decide to go in the pool, lake, or ocean.
- Make sure children in or near the water are under supervision at all times and are nearby.
- Have all non-swimmers use or have access to personal flotation devices when wading
- If you have a pool at your home, make sure it’s secured with barriers.
- Never leave children unattended.
- If it looks like rain and storms are approaching, get out of the water as quickly as possible to avoid lightning strikes.
Road Trip Tips
- Always have a first-aid kit and back-up food and water supplies in your vehicle.
- Before you leave, check your tire pressures and your fluids.
- Never drive when you’re tired or if you’ve been drinking.
- Make sure someone back home knows your destination, route, and itinerary.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Don’t text and drive. If you need to navigate, have a passenger do it for you.
Let’s make this weekend a holiday to remember for all the correct reasons !