5 Tips for a Fun & Safe Labor Day Weekend
As hard as it is to believe, the summer has flown by and it’s already time for Labor Day. Although we may not be ready for fall, Labor Day Weekend gives us the opportunity to have at least one last weekend of summer fun. From barbeques to the lake, here are five tips for having a fun – yet safe – Labor Day Weekend.
1) Use Fireworks Safely
Labor Day would not be the same without some celebratory fireworks. Even though they are beautiful to watch, there are certain things we must remember to remain safe at all times. These 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
2) Never Drink and Drive
Labor Day Weekend would not be complete without a fun barbeque or social gathering. Although enjoyable, these events often mean more alcohol. It is extremely important to keep in mind that impaired drivers can cause reckless results. That is why it is imperative that you always wear your seat belt.
Never drive while under the influence of alcohol, but instead have a designated driver or call a taxi or ride-sharing service. Drivers on the road should remain alert and aware of potential drunk drivers.
3) Follow Boating Safety
Boating is a popular activity during the summer and Memorial Day Weekend is definitely no exception. Though fun, it’s not without risk. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Office, in 2017 the U.S. had a total of 4,291 boating accidents. These accidents led to the injury of 2,629 people and the 658 fatalities.
Just as with a car, 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.
4) Keep Hydrated
On Labor Day Weekend we commonly find ourselves spending time outdoors. Even though it’s nice to be outside, be aware that if it is hot or humid, the amount that you sweat increases, causing you to lose more fluid. This can cause dehydration.
Since children have a greater surface area to body mass, they are more at risk for dehydration. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends they have a drink every 20 minutes.
Signs of dehydration include:
- Muscle cramping
- Heart palpitations
- Lightheadedness when standing up
It can help to sip water, as well as fruit juice or Pedialyte. Vomiting, sweating, confusion, and inability to produce urine are signs that you should receive immediate medical attention.
5) Wear Sunscreen
While outdoors, it is very important to remain protected from the sun’s harmful rays, which are stronger during the summer season.When unprotected skin is exposed to the sun, it receives UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin cancer. Sun damage destroys the skin’s ability to maintain some of its vital components.
Luckily, you can prevent damage by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 each day. Always reapply sunscreen if you are outside for long periods of time.
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