Labor Day safety tips for families
Red Cross encourages families to end the summer safe and sound.
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[August 30, 2014]
ILLINOIS Ė People all across Central Illinois are planning grand
ways to say their goodbyes to summer during Labor Day weekend. But
before packing up to head to the pool or the lake one last time, the
American Red Cross asks families to take a moment to ensure theyíre
heading in a safe direction.
Among the concerns revelers need to watch for this holiday are
crowded roadways. Whether sticking close to home or off on an
excursion, remember, accidents can often be avoided through careful
Here are a few precautions to keep in mind:
Keep a kit within reach. Families should always have a first
aid kit in their home, by the pool, packed with beach gear and in
the car. Smartphone users should also download the Red Cross First
Aid app to have emergency information at their fingertips.
Youíre ready Ė but is your car? Donít wait for a rattle or a
warning light to find out the car isnít up for the trip. Be sure to
have brakes, tires, oil and fluids checked before taking to the
Tell someone about your plans. Itís important to share
boating plans with family and friends, including when and where you
plan go in case the boat is delayed because of an emergency, becomes
lost or encounters other problems.
Play it safe under the sun. The sun is just as hot on Labor
Day as it was 4th of July, so families will need to take the same
precautions. Always wear sunscreen when outdoors. Make sure everyone
wears a hat to shield direct sunlight. Keep enough water or juice
for everyone to drink continuously throughout the day and be sure to
drink fluids even when youíre not thirsty.
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Enjoy water the safe way. Now is not the time to
forget about the rules of water safety. Remember: never swim
alone, only swim in supervised areas, enter water feet first,
and donít mix alcohol with swimming or boating.
Make tasty seasonal treats safely. If you plan to grill out on
Labor Day, be sure to keep the grill away from anything that could
catch fire and have it a safe distance from structures. Also, always
supervise the grill when in use and make sure everyone (including
pets) stay away from the grill.
[Text received; ERIN MILLER, AMERICAN
RED CROSS, CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGION]
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds
and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies
nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills;
provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military
members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable
organization ó not a government agency ó and depends on volunteers
and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.