August 28, 2019- Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of the summer in Northeast Ohio, and with that comes a lot of traveling and social gatherings.
Whether you are planning to host family and friends for a cookout, enjoy a day of swimming at Edgewater Park Beach or driving to attend the Cleveland National Air Show, the American Red Cross has offered the following tips on how to safely enjoy the holiday.
Driving safety: When driving, make sure you are well rested and alert, wear your seat belts, follow the speed limit and rules of the road, make frequent stops, and don’t let your gas tank get low.
- Pack a first aid kit and emergency preparedness kit in each vehicle.
- If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.
- Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Use caution in work zones. Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
- If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
Water safety: Be water smart. Make sure to have swimming skills and know how to help others.
- Pay close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water.
- Prevent unsupervised access to water with adequate barriers for pools and spas.
- Learn swimming and water survival skills.
- Children, inexperienced swimmers and all boaters should wear properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Always swim with a buddy in a life-guarded area.
Barbecue safety: Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. You can also follow these steps:
- Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Never grill indoors — not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
Here are a few other suggested steps to take ahead of Labor Day:
- Learn First Aid and CPR/AED skills so you’ll have the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency until help arrives. Take a class (redcross.org/takeaclass), download the free Red Cross First Aid app and open the Red Cross First Aid Skill for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.
- Go to redcross.org/watersafety for a variety of water safety resources and courses. Download the free Red Cross Swim app.
- Give blood. The number of people donating blood often drops during the summer when people are on vacation and schools are closed. Visit redcrossblood.org, download the Red Cross Blood app, or enable the Red Cross Blood Skill for more information or to schedule your donation.
Edited by Glenda Bogar, American Red Cross volunteer