If you are planning a grand way to say your goodbyes to summer during the Labor Day weekend, be safe about it! Before you head out to the boat or the pool one last time or join your friends at an area bar, the American Red Cross asks that you take a moment to ensure you’re heading in a safe direction.
If you are heading out of town or to enjoy the last bit of summer sun:
- Keep a kit within reach. You should always have a first aid kit in your home, by the pool, and in your car.
- You’re ready – but is your car? Don’t wait for a rattle or a warning light to find out your car isn’t up for the trip. Be sure to have brakes, tires, oil and fluids checked before taking to the roadways.
- Don’t keep your plans to yourself. It’s important to share your travel plans with family and friends. Let them know the dates you plan to travel and the location of where you’re staying.
- Play it safe under the sun. Always wear sunscreen when outdoors. Make sure everyone wears a hat to shield direct sunlight. Keep enough water for everyone to drink throughout the day.
- Enjoy water the safe way. Now is not the time to forget about the rules of water safety. Never swim alone, only swim in supervised areas, enter water feet first, and don’t mix alcohol with swimming or boating.
If you are heading out to celebrate the end of summer with alcoholic beverages, please be sure to designate a sober driver.
Many people view Labor Day as the end of summer and their last chance to travel, hit the beach and fire up the grill. Here are some safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Tips for Safe Travel
- Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.
- Buckle up and observe speed limits.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Tips for Safe Swimming
- Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
- Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.
- Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
- Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Tips for Safe Grilling
- Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
The First Aid App for smart phones and tablets provides users with expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores and at redcross.org/mobileapps.