After a fun summer, we enjoy one last hurrah in the form of Labor Day weekend. While there are so many fun things to partake in, it is most important that we do not disregard safety. Here are some safety tips for an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend.
Fireworks on Labor Day Weekend are practically a given. It’s tough to imagine the holiday without them. However, we must remember to follow some safety guidelines so that everyone stays safe. Remember the following things:
- 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
Social gatherings, such as barbecues, are a hallmark staple of any Labor Day Weekend. However, when alcohol is involved it can increase the risk of injury. Impaired drivers can cause reckless results. Never drive under the influence and always wear a seat belt. If you plan to drink, it’s best to plan ahead and secure a designated driver or call a taxi or ride-sharing service.
One of the most important things to remember whenever you spend time outside is to remain hydrated. As is common for most of the summer, on Labor Day weekend we spend a lot of time outdoors. Even though it’s nice to enjoy the summer weather, an increase in the amount we sweat means a decrease in bodily fluids, which can cause dehydration. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drinking water can help to prevent dehydration, which can cause overheating, constipation, and kidney stones.
Signs of dehydration include:
- Muscle cramping
- Heart palpitations
- Lightheadedness when standing up
Seek immediate medical attention should you begin vomiting, feeling confused, or are unable to urinate.
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