Although Labor Day can be a fun, relaxing way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, it can be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t followed. Here are some tips to help you stay safe this Labor Day weekend.
- Highway Safety: More than 42,000 people are killed in automobile accidents nationwide, with the extended Labor Day weekend being one of the peak times for those deaths. Drivers should be well rested and sober. Drive defensively and wear a seat belt.
- Water Safety: Many people spend the holiday weekend around water. Divers, boaters and water skiers should forgo alcohol, wear a life jacket, pay attention to weather and wind conditions and never boat alone.
- Food Safety: Food-borne illnesses lead to many emergency-room visits because of mishandled items. Don’t leave perishables out for more than two hours. Throw away leftovers when you get home.
- Grilling Safety:Be sure to cook meat to the proper internal temperature and never mix plates or utensils between raw and cooked meats.
- Skin Safety: Always wear sunscreen. Reapply it often to avoid sunburn and the potential for skin cancer.
- Pets: Heat stroke and dehydration are two of the most common injuries when it comes to pets and warm summer weather. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink and keep them in the shade. Be sure to keep dangerous and potentially fatal foods like raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, fruit pits, macadamia nuts, coffee and alcohol out of the reach of pets.