If you’re reading this blog, you are most likely in full swing of Labor Day festivities here in the United States. College football has started, the kids are back in school, and you are looking forward to a three-day weekend that celebrates the contributions workers have made to this nation. Whatever exciting plans or activities you have this weekend, if you are driving, grilling, or spending time on the water we have some last minute safety tips to protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you are the majority of those driving this weekend over 50 miles or more, here are some safe tips for travel by automobile:
- Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk. This kit could include snacks, water, medicine, a first aid kit, blankets, shade, a small flashlight, and a small tool kit.
- Let a family member, neighbor, or friend know your destination, the route you will travel, and when you expect to arrive at your destination.
- Buckle up and observe speed limits. On average, most fatal accidents can occur with 30 miles of your home. So buckle every time and all the time.
- Don’t drink and drive. Not even a little bit when you may potentially be driving a motor vehicle. As much as one drink depending on your weight can put you over the legally intoxicated limit. Alcohol also fatigues and dehydrates. Drink plenty of water and bring light snacks to eat.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-14 and most drownings occur in natural bodies of water versus swimming pools. Quick tips when swimming to prevent accident are:
- Before you go check weather and conditions of water beforehand and throughout the day, especially if you are boating.
- Always swim with a friend in a designated area supervised by a lifeguard if possible. If you are in a state park and are unfamiliar with the water, such as lakes or rivers, ask park rangers what hazards are present and if swimming is allowed.
- Children must be constantly supervised by an adult in or near the water and always stay within reach of children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
- Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Every year dozens are injured and hundreds of fires are reported because of grilling accidents. Most accidents are caused by leaking fuel lines, improperly connected hoses, and cracked or broken hoses.
- Keep the grill away from structures, trees, or anything that could catch fire.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your grill. Maintain your grill, tanks, lines and hoses in good condition to prevent accidental fires.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill and prevent horseplay in the area.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Have fun with your family and enjoy your three days off! When you get ready to go back to work Tuesday please keep safety in mind in the workplace.