Brier Grieves August 26, 2014 No Comments

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Many people like to travel, BBQ, see family and get in some time at the beach. The American Red Cross and many other sites have together some great tips to help keep you, your loved ones and others on the roads during this holiday weekend safe.

According to Phil Hansen, the Regional Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region, “While many people will spend Labor Day weekend traveling and spending time with family and friends, no one should take a vacation from safety. It’s still important that people work to remain vigilant on the road, at the beach and at cookouts.”

If you are traveling you should always have an emergency supply kit somewhere in your vehicle. Follow the speed limit at all times and other laws. Buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and keep in touch with those who will be expecting you with an ETA and travel details. Avoid distractions and drive defensively and be aware of other drivers on the road. And of course, as always, do not text and drive.

When using the BBQ keep the grill away from the house, tree branches or anything else that could pose a potential risk for catching fire. Keep children and pets away from the grill when in use and be sure to follow all instructions. Make sure to not add more fluid to charcoal once the coals have been ignited.

Always follow proper pool safety guidelines. Never leave children unattended. Have a buddy system so no one is by the water alone. Also, if you are anyone else has been drinking, avoid the water and do not put yourself in charge of supervision. Provide life jackets and other flotation devices to anyone who may need them, especially younger children and inexperienced swimmers.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend from our family to yours!