It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is already upon us. And while it can be sad to see the warm weather go, Labor Day allows us one last opportunity to get our summer fun in. Here are some tips for staying safe while having fun this Labor Day weekend.
A sure staple of any Labor Day weekend is fireworks. While they provide a beautiful backdrop to our celebrations, there are still certain things that we must keep in mind to be safe. Never use fireworks close to people, houses, or flammable material. Do not point or throw them in the direction of another person. Always light one at a time and maintain a safe distance after you have done so. And finally, do not try to relight or handle any malfunctioning fireworks.
- Driving Safely
Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times on the roads. With approximately 35 million people hitting the road last year, Labor Day is definitely the time to take some extra precautions while traveling. Make sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts, and practice defensive driving. Getting on the road before 4 p.m. helps you avoid heavy traffic. And as always, avoid alcohol if you’re driving. If you’ve consumed alcohol and need to get somewhere, have a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service.
One popular activity during Labor Day Weekend is boating. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Office, in 2017 the U.S. had a total of 4,291 boating accidents. These accidents led to the injury of 2,629 people and the 658 fatalities. As with a car, operating a boat while impaired by alcohol (with a BAC of at least 0.08%) is illegal. Those who do so can be charged with the equivalent of a DUI on a boat. This is often referred to as OUI, or operating under the influence. Always refrain from drinking and driving while operating a boat. Be sure to instead have a designated driver. Additionally, pay attention to the weather and do not go out on the water if the weather is not conducive to safe boating. Check out our free Swim Safety e-book for tips on keeping kids safe around bodies of water.
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