The Labor Day holiday is traditionally seen as the last hurrah of the summer
season, coming right as children head back to school, daylight hours start
dwindling, and the weather starts cooling off for good. So to make the
most of this last weekend of summer, many people choose to partake in
some of their favorite summer activities on final time. Whether you plan
on heading to the lake, taking a dip in the pool, barbecuing with friends,
or leaving town for a weekend away, there are a few things you should
do in order to stay safe and avoid a painful injury. We’ll discuss
them further here.
Barbecue with Care
Summer and grilling go hand-in-hand, and many people use the Labor Day
holiday to invite friends over to enjoy a meal fresh off the barbecue.
While barbecues are generally safe, it’s important to recognize
how dangerous they can be if not used carefully. The grill surface on
a barbecue is extremely hot, even on low settings, so it’s important
to make sure you keep your hands and arms clear, and make sure children
stay well away as well.
If you have a propane-powered grill, be sure to check the hose and all
connections before opening the propane valve. Propane is extremely flammable
and even a small leak could lead to disaster in the wrong circumstances.
If you prefer good old-fashioned charcoal like so many people, make sure
to go easy on the lighter fluid in order to avoid a spill and possible fire.
Be Mindful When Swimming
Labor Day is traditionally warm and humid, meaning many people try to escape
the heat by taking a dip in the pool. While this can provide hours of
fun and relaxation, there are also some well-known hazards associated
with swimming. When a pool deck gets wet, it gets slippery, and a slippery
deck can lead to slip-and-fall injuries like broken bones, head trauma,
and more. Make sure everyone, including all kids, are
walking around the pool at all times.
If you have a pool on your property, always make sure any children who
swim are supervised at all times. It only takes a minute for an accident
to happen and a seemingly innocent holiday suddenly turns into a dangerous
drowning situation. Always make sure a capable swimmer is available to
keep an eye on your pool if you have to step away.
Travel the Roads Safely
Many people use holiday weekends as a chance to escape from the grind of
daily life and take a quick trip to one of their favorite somewhat-close
getaway destinations. Whether you’re traveling to a local lake,
a beautiful beach, or over to visit relatives that live a little ways
away, it’s important to remember that the roads are much busier
over these weekends, especially on Friday and Monday, which are the big
travel days. Expect a lot of traffic, which means make sure you stay focused
and drive defensively. Don’t follow other drivers too close, especially
when in heavy traffic and they could slam on the brakes at any moment.
Also, be prepared for a number of intoxicated drivers on the road. While
we’ll discuss this a little more in just a moment, it’s important
to know that Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the deadliest of
the year when it comes to drunk driving fatalities. Constantly be on the
lookout for intoxicated drivers over this weekend, and anticipate a much
greater number of them on the road.
As with any long-weekend celebration, alcohol is frequently involved. Whether
spending a day on the water in your boat, enjoying a round of golf at
your local course, or even grilling some delicious food with your friends,
cracking open a few cold ones or mixing up some margaritas is a favorite
pastime for adults everywhere. While alcohol may take the edge off, it
also significantly reduces the chances of a serious accident, especially
if someone who is intoxicated gets behind the wheel of a car.
If you know you’re going to be drinking over your weekend activities,
plan ahead! Travel with a designated driver or get a ride to where you’re
going. Have a plan for getting home safely that doesn’t involve
you driving yourself while intoxicated. Driving while drunk is not only
against the law, but it leads to thousands of fatalities each year. Like
we discussed previously, this holiday weekend is traditionally one of
the worst in terms of the number of intoxicated driving accidents, injuries,
and fatalities. Don’t become part of these statistics; drive sober.
If you or a loved one suffers an injury this Labor Day weekend as a result
of someone else’s negligence, contact a Martin County personal injury
lawyer as soon as possible! The team at
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC is standing by to help you and provide you with high-quality legal counsel
and aggressive representation to help you get the best possible outcome
to your case.
Contact us today to receive a
free case evaluation and start reviewing your legal options!