Labor Day weekend safety tips

Don Robbins

Editor, Ho’okele

As summer draws to a close, Sailors, Airmen and their families will gear up to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this weekend.

Here are some tips on ways to keep safe throughout the holiday weekend.

• Be careful at intersections. It may not be safe to assume that others are going to do the right thing.

• When driving, stay focused (not distracted), keep your eyes on the road, and be aware of other drivers, to help prevent accidents.

• Don’t drink and drive. If you drink, have a sober designated driver with you or call a taxi.

• Wear an approved life jacket when boating or in the water.

• When grilling, keep your grill at least three feet away from your house, porch, shed, trees or bushes.

• Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Drink plenty of water regularly and often even if you do not feel thirsty on a sunny day.

• If you’re at a pool with children who are either very young or who can’t swim, make sure they are never left alone, even if they aren’t in the water.

• If you are taking care of an infant/toddler, make sure to keep them within arm’s reach.

• Learn about rescue swimming, take a CPR course and bring life preservers on boats.

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