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Health & Wellness, Home Life August 30, 2018

Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips to Keep You Out of the ER

Katherine E., Editor

Are you one of the millions of Americans planning a final summer getaway this Labor Day weekend? According to the NHTSA, Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year on American roads. This year, enjoy your last few days of carefree summer bliss by following a few simple safety tips:

Drive Safe

  • Do a quick vehicle check, especially if you're planning a road trip or heading out on a long drive. Check your fluids, tires, wipers and consider a service check at a local garage.
  • Plan ahead: Know your route, use a GPS navigation system, and watch for road closures and construction.
  • Don't drink and drive. With one third of deaths on American roads involving drunk drivers, this advice can't be repeated enough.

Sun and Heat Protection

  • Apply sunscreen and limit your sun exposure.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Never leave infants, children, people with disabilities or pets in a parked vehicle, not even for a few minutes, and not even with the windows cracked open.

Water Safety

  • Supervise children around water at all times this Labor Day, whether in the tub, at the beach, while boating or in a pool.
  • Learn CPR and teach your kids how to swim.

More Safety Tips

  • Be fire-safe at the BBQ, when making bonfires and lighting fireworks.
  • Keep food fresh: cool food cool and hot food hot.

For more Labor Day safety advice, browse the QuickSeries® library of guides and Community Board blog posts on water safetyextreme heat, BBQ safety and much more.

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