Health & Safety

August 30, 2012

Labor Day 2012 Safety Tips

USAG Safety Office, Fort Irwin

On Monday, millions of American workers will celebrate Labor Day. Wrapping up summer fun, and beginning school, this will be the last summer holiday. Labor Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1894, and is always observed the first Monday in September.

Labor Day is also known as the second deadliest holiday of the year, with Thanksgiving being the deadliest. So, while you are busy making plans for this three-day weekend, please give some thought to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

One way to guarantee that you arrive safely is to allow sufficient travel time. Be sure to have your cell phone handy, but please don’t text and drive. One of your passengers can answer your phone, or you can retrieve your messages once you have stopped driving.

An expected 33 million Americans will travel this holiday weekend, 85 percent by automobile, from Thursday, August 30 through Monday, September 3. Most will be journeying at least 50 miles from home. If you are one of those travelers, be sure you watch for other drivers (drive defensively), motorcycles and bicycles. Everyone should show the same respect on the roads that they expect to receive. Driving and drinking just don’t mix, and those driving under the influence (alcohol or drugs), can be arrested.

If you are going on an outing, such as fishing, camping, hiking, etc., be sure to take along your sunscreen, first aid kit, sunglasses, insect repellent, and protective gear. Because the weather is still warm, you’ll want to keep all perishable food items cold, and not leave them out of the ice chest for more than one hour. Taking along a NOAA weather radio would be a good plan, too, as this time of the year, there may be weather changes that would affect your outdoor activities.

Wherever the roads take you, obey the law and stay safe. Everyone traveling expects to return to work next Tuesday. Do your part to stay safe!




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