Labor Day weekend is a beloved late summer holiday, especially in the forests and lakes of Texas. As families and friends gather to celebrate the last big outdoor weekend of summer, it’s important to remain vigilant about safety. Use these tips to make sure your Labor Day festivities are accident-free.
Practice Water Safety
- Supervise children at all times when swimming or boating. Appoint a designated “water watcher”.
- Ensure proper life jacket use. Have children and weak swimmers wear life jackets even when shallow swimming.
- Avoid alcohol use before or during water activities. Alcohol impairs judgement.
- Learn CPR and rescue techniques. Know what to do in case of water emergencies.
Prepare for the Heat
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even when not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
- Take shade breaks. Spend time in covered, cooled-off areas during peak heat hours.
- Wear sunscreen and light, breathable clothing that covers skin. The Texas sun is intense.
- Never leave kids or pets in vehicles, even with windows down. Interior temps can quickly skyrocket.
- Supervise grills and open flames. Don’t leave cooking food unattended.
- Dispose ashes and coals properly after use once completely cooled.
- Clean food prep areas thoroughly before and after use. Avoid cross-contamination.
- Refrigerate perishables. Don’t leave food sitting out for more than two hours.
Prevent Insect Bites
- Use EPA approved repellent containing DEET or picaridin. Follow label directions.
- Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn/dusk when mosquitos are active.
- Check for ticks after being outdoors. Remove safely if found.
- Be aware of bull ants and stingers. Wear closed toe shoes.
By taking a few sensible precautions, you can greatly reduce chances accidents or mishaps during the iconic Texas Labor Day weekend. Follow these tips to maximize fun while minimizing risks. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!