Stay Safe This Labor Day

As summer begins to come to a close, most of us look forward to one last holiday to celebrate summer: Labor Day. Labor Day weekend is a great time to head to the coast for one last beach vacation, go on a road trip with friends, or fire up the barbeque.

Some things to be aware of as Labor Day approaches are crowded roadways, sun exposure, and water safety. In order to keep you and your loved ones safe during this holiday weekend, we recommend reviewing the following tips we have provided below.

• Keep a first aid kit within reach, whether you are in the car, at the pool, or lying on the beach.
• Is your car road trip ready? Don’t wait for a rattle or a warning light to find out your car isn’t up for the trip. Have your car’s brakes, tires, oil and fluids checked before hitting the road.
• Let your friends or family members know your travel plans, detailing the dates and location of your trip and always exchanging contact numbers in case of an emergency.
• Stay safe under the sun. Always apply sunscreen when outdoors, wear hats or visors for added protection, and stay hydrated throughout the day even if you don’t feel thirsty.
• Water safety: remember to always swim with a buddy, swim only in supervised areas, and don’t mix alcohol with swimming or boating.

Whether your plans take you to the beach, a hiking trail, an amusement park, or a backyard barbeque, the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts wishes you a fun and safe holiday.

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