Here we are at the symbolic end of summer as Labor Day marks the unofficial start of autumn. As you gear up for your end-of-summer bash with family and friends, remember these Labor Day safety tips:

Never leave your grill unattended

Keep an eye on what’s cooking! Have a spray water bottle handy and douse any flare-ups as soon as they start. Fire can get out of control faster than you expect and spread to adjacent structures. In fact, keep your grill away from anything that could catch fire. Keep children and pets away from the grill while it’s in operation.

Watch for anyone who’s had a little too much to drink

It only takes a second for an impaired driver to cross into your lane on the road or to invade the swimming area of a lake on a jet ski. Always be aware of what’s going on around you.

Traffic will be heavier

Labor Day weekend brings more people to the highways for one last chance to travel; more traffic will increase the potential for accidents. Avoid distractions from cell phones, snacks, etc. while behind the wheel. Allow enough time to reach your destination and avoid excessive speed. Buckle up, and make sure your passengers do too. Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk. And for goodness sake, don’t drink and drive.

Outdoor chores around the house this weekend?

Don’t use power tools with frayed or cut cords. Make sure extension cords are designed for outdoor use and can handle the tools’ power demands. If you’re cleaning gutters or trimming trees, only use a ladder when someone else is around to help keep it stable.

A few more general tips

Never go boating or swimming alone and always supervise children in the water.

Always wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when boating.

Use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids (water is best in hot weather).

Use extreme caution around fireworks – they can cause serious injury and fires. Never allow young children to handle fireworks and never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Keep an eye on weather conditions – we’re definitely not out of severe weather season yet.

 

Have a safe Labor Day Weekend and remember Disaster One is on standby to respond if disaster strikes your property. We’re here 24/7/365, ready to bring order and assurance to chaotic situations.