Even though the weather in Florida does not show it, summer is coming to an end. This Monday is Labor Day, and families and friends across the country will be gathering together over the long weekend to say goodbye to summer. Most people think of Labor Day weekend as their last chance to take a vacation, visit the beach or even just grill outdoors. The following safety tips can ensure that you have safe and fun Labor Day holiday.
Road Trip Safety Tips
- Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains flashlights, extra batteries, jumper cables, bottled water, a tool kit and a knife.
- Tell someone who is not travelling with you about your travel arrangements. That way someone knows where you’re going, how long you will be away and what time you will be back.
- Fasten your seatbelt! Make sure everyone in the car properly fastens their seat belts, and small children remain in their appropriate car seats.
- Never drink and drive. Figure out a safe alternative home before you go anywhere.
Swimming Safety Tips
- Check the weather and stay away from water during a lightning storm.
- Don’t swim alone. Children should always be supervised by an adult when playing in or around water.
- Emergency floatation devices should always be readily available. If taking your boat out, you should have enough life jackets for everyone on board.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol while boating. You can be arrested for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol.
- Make sure your grill is set up in a safe location, away from houses, trees and any other flammable objects.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Do not add charcoal starter fluid after you have already ignited the coals.
- Wear gloves when grilling foods to prevent burns and always handle food in a safe manner.