Celebrate Labor Day Safely

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer. Source

Women and men have both contributed much to the American labor movement but like most holidays of the modern era most people just view the holiday as a time to enjoy life, enjoy your family and kick back and relax.

There is always a risk of over exerting yourself on any holiday as you try to please everyone around you and go overboard with your execution.

Over the Labor Day weekend there are a few things to watch out for!

  1. Fireworks, what can go wrong when handling portable explosives?
  2. Car Accidents, with a lot of people hitting the roads over the weekend and alcohol flowing statistically speaking there is a higher risk of getting in a car accident over this weekend than a regular weekend.
  3. Alcohol, drink in moderation - alcohol can affect your decision making, coordination, vision and response times so always plan ahead when drinking.
  4. Boating, many people hit the "lake" over the weekend. Boating can be dangerous so make sure you wear the proper safety gear and follow the appropriate rules and regulations for wherever you are. Mixing alcohol with boating could be a recipe for disaster!
  5. Power Tools, you might be planning on fixing up the back yard or doing some outside chores so be careful, plan ahead and always make sure you wear the right safety equipment.
  6. Grilling, make sure you cook that food on the grill to the right temperatures to avoid food poisoning and be careful when around a hot grill.
  7. Sun, it looks like it will be a beautiful weekend here in Indiana and while cooler than recent weeks the sun can still give you sunburn. Make sure you use sunscreen and stay hydrated. Hydration is especially important if you are consuming alcohol.
  8. Bugs, with all of the rain we have had lately mosquitoes are a problem. Make sure you wear the correct type of bug spray or use other products to keep those mosquitoes that may carry diseases like the Zika virus away from you.