Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but, don’t be too sad, there is still one more summer weekend bash in store for us.
During this long weekend, there will be a lot of people hitting the roads or planning fun outdoor parties to bid farewell to summer, which means that you should keep in mind the following Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips from Prestige ER to prevent accidents.
Driving Safety Tips
If you are heading out of town, remember troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who violate any traffic laws, therefore:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Slow down, it’s better to arrive late than not arrive at all
- Focus on the road, put your cell phone away while you drive
- Make sure all passengers including yourself wear their seatbelts and that kids are seated in appropriate booster seats
- Most importantly, remember to slow down and move out of the way for police, firefighters, and ambulances, someone’s life could depend on it
Grilling Safety Tips
It’s not an end of summer party in Texas unless someone is grilling, however, no matter how experienced you are around a grill, there is always a risk of fire.
- Always grill outdoors, and away from your home, deck, trees, and bushes
- Avoid wearing loose, flowy clothing and always use flame-retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents
- Your grill should be placed on a secure surface and away from edges to prevent it from falling
- If you are using a propane gas grill, always inspect the gas hose for leaks before lighting it up
- The lid on all gas grills should be opened before lighting, if the lid is closed there is an increased risk of explosion as the gas continues to build up in an enclosed space.
- For those who prefer charcoal grills, if you plan to use a liquid starter, make sure only to use a charcoal liquid starter, and never add any type of igniter once the flames
Swimming Pool Safety
Pool parties are a crowd favorite this holiday, let’s make sure everyone has a great time by:
- Wearing waterproof sunscreen, and remember to reapply every two hours
- Never leave small children unattended near a pool, experts have warned that a toddler can drown in as little as 20 seconds
- Keep children away from pool filters and other mechanical suction devices
Open Water Safety
If you are heading to a lake or the beach, there are some precautions you should consider:
- Always wear a life jacket while on a boat
- If you get caught in a rip current swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current
- Stay at least 100 feet away from piers. Permanent rip currents exist near these structures.
Prestige ER hopes everyone enjoys the long weekend in the company of friends and family, we would like to remind you all that safety planning doesn’t have to get in the way of your fun activities, in fact, it will only serve to help you enjoy your holiday much more.
As always, our emergency room will remain open and fully staffed to take care of any sudden illness or injury you may experience.
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