31 Aug 2018 The Best Labor Day Weekend Is The Safest Labor Day Weekend
This coming Monday is Labor Day… we can hardly believe it! The summer has gone by too fast, but, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun. From beach trips to days spent in the backyard with the kids, we’d say this summer was one of our best yet.
Now we’re on our last day of August; the days are getting shorter and the first day of school is fast approaching (if it hasn’t already arrived for you). With Labor Day coming up, we’re heading into our final long weekend of the summer— our last hoorah, so to speak.
Whether you’re throwing a backyard party, heading to the lake house one more time, or zipping down to the beach to soak up the sun for a final time, we want to see you have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. You can find us by the pool this weekend, but first we have a few tips on how to stay safe this Labor Day.
There’s nothing wrong with a beer or two to celebrate the close of summer, but all alcohol should be consumed in moderation. Remember that alcohol impairs our judgement, so make the decision to stay safe before you start drinking. Know your limits and never drive a motor vehicle when you’re under the influence (yes, that includes driving the deck boat on the lake).
Whether you’re heading down the road to a neighborhood barbecue or piling in for a road trip to the family beach house, you’ll need to be on high alert when driving. We hope you’re always cautious behind the wheel, but paying attention to your surroundings and driving defensively is more important now than ever. You have control over your own decision to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk, but you unfortunately have no control over others. Like any long holiday weekend, the roads are more likely to see a spike in drunk drivers on Labor Day weekend than they would be on a normal day. Hopefully this isn’t something you’ll actually have to deal with, but it’s important you’re prepared should a sticky situation arise.
Be a Safe Grill Master.
Grilled food is an imperative element of any Labor Day weekend. Whether you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, or doing some roasting over an open campfire, it’s important you know how to stay safe. Playing with fire can sometimes mean playing with fate— don’t let that be you! Remember never to leave a grill or fire unattended and to keep pets and children a safe distance from the flame. Before lighting your grill or campfire, survey the surroundings; your flame should not be close to anything flammable— that includes dry, low-hanging branches, umbrellas flapping in the wind, or low deck overhangs. Be smart about where you place the flame!
Get Your Swim On.
No matter where you are this Labor Day, chances are you’ll end up taking a dip. And while swimming can be a great way too cool off and have a little fun, any body of water can become dangerous if we’re not smart swimmers. Remember that no person is drown-proof— don’t horse around in the water, refrain from swimming while intoxicated, and never leave children unattended by the water.
Beat the Heat.
Labor Day may fall at the very end of summer, but it’s still hot out and the sun’s rays are still strong. Don’t be fooled by the quick approach of autumn— be smart! Lather up on the sunscreen and re-apply after swimming. You won’t want to return to work on Tuesday looking like a tomato! It’s also important you stay hydrated in the heat, especially if you’re consuming alcohol. Keep plenty of water of hand and don’t forget to actually drink it!
Review Your Insurance.
Make sure you’re properly insured before the weekend gets into full swing. If you’re throwing a party, you’ll want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy is up to par— especially your liability insurance. If you’re heading out for a long road trip to the lake house, you’ll want to make sure your auto insurance will cover you. With drunk drivers rampant on the road this weekend, you won’t want to be stuck in an accident and uninsured.
Keep these tips in mind, but don’t let the fear of disaster ruin your holiday fun. We want this to be your best Labor Day weekend yet AND your safest— the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The more precautions you take, the less you’ll be worrying about what could go wrong and the more you’ll be able to enjoy yourself in the moment!