It’s time to get ready for the last vacation of the summer – that’s right, Labor Day is this weekend and 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.
- 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.
- Don’t use electricity 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.
- Always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin.
- If you’re sensitive to sunburns, 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 is 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.
- If you have a pool at your home, make sure it’s secured with barriers.
- Never leave children unattended.
- If it looks like rain, 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 trunk.
- Before you leave, check your tire pressure 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.