Photo: JD Hancock
Labor Day weekend is just days away, and for many of us that means one last gasp of summer vacation. When making your plans for the long weekend, don’t forget to include safety precautions. Whether you’re headed for the beach, a mattress sale, or your own back yard, take our Labor Day safety tips along with you to have the best holiday weekend you can.
A good old-fashioned cookout is a Labor Day weekend tradition. Whether you’re a newbie or a grilling master, there’s always time to refresh your safety knowledge. You want to cook your hotdogs and hamburgers, not yourself!
Follow these simple precautions when you fire up the grill.
- Make sure the grill is not placed too close to a deck railing, the side of the house, or any items that might catch fire. Leave at least a couple feet of clearance.
- Open the grill before you turn it on. Then turn on the propane tank and light the grill.
- If the grill doesn’t light the first time, wait at least five minutes for the gas to dissipate before trying again.
The National Fire Protection Association has more information on how to prevent grill related fires and injuries.
Labor Day weekend is notorious for its terrible traffic. Make sure you’re prepared for emergencies on the road.
- Carry an emergency kit. Your kit should include things like road flares, jumper cables, supplies for changing a flat tire, a first aid kit, and bottled water. Check out org for more emergency kit ideas.
- Make sure someone knows your plans. Tell a trusted friend or family member where you’re going and when you plan to arrive. Check in with them to let them know you got there safely. If anything happens and you can’t be reached, someone will know to send for help.
- Buckle up and refresh your defensive driving
- Don’t drink and drive. It’s tempting to give in to the spirit of celebration and have a few beers or cocktails. However, if you’re going to be driving, don’t overindulge. Wait at least one hour for each drink you have before getting behind the wheel. When in doubt, don’t drive. You can always get a cab or find a sober friend.
If you’re planning to enjoy the great outdoors, make sure you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature may throw at you.
- Make sure to eat enough before any strenuous activity. If you’re going to be out for more than 2-3 hours, pack a snack.
- Stay hydrated. If you’re outside, you’re likely to be sweating, and you’ll need to replace that fluid. Always take a water bottle with you.
- Use the proper equipment. Whether it’s a life jacket for water borne adventures, sturdy boots for hiking the trails, or a helmet for your bike trip, make sure you have the right equipment for your chosen activity.
And if you’re headed to the beach, don’t forget to check out our beach safety tips too!
Photo: Jörg Schubert
Check back on Friday for a closer look at Labor Day traffic.
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