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!