The Labor Day holiday is almost here! For many families, it's a chance to say goodbye to summer and spend a three-day weekend with friends. Unfortunately, one mistake can ruin the weekend for everyone. Even worse, you may end up with serious injuries and permanent impairment if you are not careful. Labor Day safety is important and one that often gets overlooked. You can stay safe this holiday weekend by following these 4 important safety tips.
Top Four Labor Day Safety Tips
#1 Drive Safely
Labor Day weekend is often the last weekend many families head out of town for a summer vacation as the kids get ready for the school year. Many will travel to beaches, pools or national parks for a little fun and relaxation after a long summer. Unfortunately, accidents are often common during this three-day weekend.
The NSC estimates that 466 people will die on the roads this Labor Day weekend. Even more people will suffer serious injuries. In fact, the NCS estimates that a 19 percent increase in this year’s holiday fatalities.
To avoid serious car accidents, the American Red Cross recommends that you follow these tips:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Avoid driving distractions
- Tell someone you’re itinerary and route
- Don’t follow vehicles too closely
- Only drive if you are well-rested and alert
- Use caution in construction zones and in heavy traffic
#2 Take Precautions in the Heat
In many parts of the country, the heat is still an issue over Labor Day weekend. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real and can become worse if you consume alcohol or don’t drink enough fluids. To avoid complications due to the heat, follow these tips:
- Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing
- Avoid extreme temperature changes
- Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day
- Wear a hat
- Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
- Avoid alcohol which is dehydrating
#3 Grill Safely
Barbecuing is one of America’s great pastimes. It is a time to connect with family and friends over some great food. However, grilling is also dangerous if not done correctly. Keep the grill away from the house, trees or anything that could catch fire. Be sure to tend the grill at all times, especially when children and pets are present. Avoid lighter fluids once the coals have already started and keep a hose or spray bottle of water on hand in case a fire starts.
#4 Covid Isn’t Gone
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not gone and the Delta variant is spreading. Even if you received the vaccine, it is important to use caution when having Labor Day gatherings. Avoid large crowds and anyone who suffers from a poor immune system. Be sure to mask up whenever possible to reduce the chances of catching COVID or spreading it unknowingly. Also, consider changing your plans if your destination is in a location with a high number of COVID infections.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After a Labor Day Accident
Unfortunately, accidents still happen even when you do everything you can to stay safe. When another person causes an accident or injures you, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. A personal injury lawyer can help right the wrongs done to you and collect the money you deserve. Call (909) 473-4948 today to learn more about your legal options!