Most people consider Labor Day as the end of summer and the final opportunity to hit the beach, travel, or fire up their grills. However, safety is a key component of fun and relaxation. There are various safety tips to help people have a risk free and fun holiday. Remaining alert at the beach, on the road, or even at cookouts, is vital in ensuring Labor Day safety as you spend time with family and friends.
Careless driving and poor use of pedestrian paths are one of the leading causes of accidents on the roads during Labor Day holidays. Most roads in the U.S. experience lots of traffic during Labor Day holidays. It is also known to be a notorious road trip weekend. If you have a trip ahead, ensure you have enough rest before departure. As a road trip Labor Day safety measure, divide driving duties if necessary and plan for regular stops to rest. Have your car checked and maintained by a qualified mechanic to avoid possible breakdowns on the road. In addition, pack emergency supplies like flares, a flashlight, tire gauge, jump cables, and a tool kit.
While they are flashy, fun and festive, many people often overlook the fact that fireworks can also cause serious injuries if poorly handled. Children aged between 10 and 14 are at a higher risk of being injured by fireworks. Even the sparklers of fireworks can cause serious injuries. To ensure maximum Labor Day safety, light one at a time and keep a recommended distance from spectators if you have to use them. Finally, do not let children handle fireworks and never use the fireworks when intoxicated.
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Alcohol in Moderation
Where there are parties, you are likely to find plenty of alcohol. It is important to understand that alcohol consumption affects your reaction time, vision, decision-making, and coordination, and may endanger life in certain situations. Set a limit on the amount of alcohol you will consume and stick to it. In case you surpass your limit, find a cab to get you home. You should be aware that driving under the influence of alcohol is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal in all states in the U.S.
Going for a boat ride is a popular Labor Day activity. Observe Labor Day safety by ensuring your boat is in perfect mechanical shape and has all the necessary equipment such as emergency kit, personal flotation devices, and first aid kits. Keep off restricted areas and familiarize yourself with the rules of boating or sailing. Inform someone on land about your whereabouts and when to expect you back.
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Before getting to work with any power tool, ensure electrical cords are not entangled or damaged and in good condition. In addition, make sure you use extension cords made specifically for outdoor use. Outdoor activities such as trimming trees, cleaning gutters and paintings that require the use of a ladder can be dangerous. Be sure to inform a friend or family member when going to work outdoors. Avoid contact with an electrical source when using a metal ladder.
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Prevent Food-borne Illnesses
Just like any other holiday, Labor Day is often characterized by lots of celebrating, eating, and drinking. Contaminated food served in barbecues, picnics, and on the road could cause food-borne illnesses. To avoid cross-contamination, wash hands before and after contact with raw meat. Dry your hands using a paper towel instead of cloth towels because paper can be disposed of easily. Foods like coleslaw, chicken salad, and potato salad that require refrigeration should not be left out in the sun. Instead, put them in a bowl on top of a pan filled with rice.