How to Stay Safe this Labor Day Weekend
As we prepare for the end of summer, we get ready to celebrate with one last hurrah: Labor Day. Labor Day Weekend provides us with the opportunity to engage in summer activities one last time before we get into the groove of fall. Have fun this Labor Day Weekend – just remember to be safe while doing it.
No Labor Day Weekend is complete without some fireworks. But while beautiful to watch, there are certain things to remember in order to remain safe at all times. These things include the following:
- Do not use fireworks close to people, houses or flammable material
- Do not point or throw fireworks in the direction of another person
- Always light one firework at a time and maintain a safe distance after you have done so
- Do not try to relight or handle any malfunctioning fireworks
When we think of Labor Day Weekend it’s only right that we think of barbeques and other social gatherings. These get-togethers can be a lot of fun.
Since alcohol is often involved, unfortunately, it also means more people become intoxicated and impaired drivers can cause reckless results. That is why it is imperative that you always wear your seatbelt and never drive while under the influence.
Instead, secure a designated driver or call a taxi or ride-sharing service. If you are driving on the road during Labor Day Weekend, remember to stay alert at all times.
Nothing says relaxation on Labor Day Weekend quite like going out on a boat in the middle of the lake. If you are prepared to do some boating, remember that 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 an OUI, or operating under the influence. Assign a designated driver and pay attention to the weather. Do not go boating if the weather is not safe.
On Labor Day Weekend a lot of our time is often spent outdoors. Even though it’s nice to be outside, be aware that when your sweat increases, your fluid decreases. This can cause dehydration.
Signs of dehydration include:
- Muscle cramping
- Heart palpitations
- Lightheadedness when standing up
Sipping on water as well as fruit juice or Pedialyte can help. If you or a loved one begins vomiting, sweating, feeling confused, or is unable to produce urine, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Not only should you increase your fluid intake while outdoors, but you should also remember to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 in order to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
UVA and UVB rays, which unprotected skin receives, can cause skin cancer. Sun damage destroys the skin’s ability to maintain some of its vital components. Most importantly, do not forget to reapply sunscreen if you are outside for long periods of time.
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