Labor Day Weekend is great for spending quality time with your family and friends. Whether it is spending time at a backyard BBQ, on the lake, or at a festival or concert, Labor Day is perfect for getting in one last summer trip or adventure.
Unfortunately, some families will experience tragic accidents over the holiday. In some cases, you may be able to avoid an accident by taking a few precautions. Below are tips for avoiding some of the most common types of accidents and injuries associated with a long holiday weekend.
- Traffic Accidents
There will be more people traveling because it is a long weekend. Therefore, you are likely to run into traffic jams. By leaving early, limiting distractions, and slowing down, you may be able to avoid a traffic accident over the Labor Day Weekend. Remember to wear your seat belts every time you are in a vehicle to decrease your risk of traumatic injuries and death. Planning an alternate route in case of traffic jams can also be beneficial when traveling over the holiday weekend.
- Drunk Driving Accidents
If you enjoy alcoholic beverages this Labor Day Weekend, leave the driving to someone else. You are placing yourself and all others on the road in danger if you get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Enjoy your holiday celebrations, but be smart and have a designated driver or an alternative form of transportation.
- Boating Accidents
Many people will celebrate Labor Day on the water. Boaters need to take the same precaution by avoiding drinking and operating a boat. Alcohol and boats do not mix any better than alcohol and cars. If you enjoy alcohol this weekend, let someone else operate the boat. Make sure you have enough life jackets for all passengers and check your boat before you venture out onto the water.
- Firework Injuries
If you are using fireworks as part of your holiday celebrations, you need to be very careful to avoid injuries. Children should never use fireworks. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using fireworks. Never try to re-light a firework that did not work. Wait for a few minutes to make sure it is not going off then place it in a bucket of water. For more safety tips for using fireworks, visit the website for the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
- Avoid Sunburns and Heat-Related Illnesses
If you are spending time outdoors, be aware of sunburns and heat-related illnesses. The weather may be a bit cooler; however, if you are spending a substantial amount of time outdoors, it is best to be cautious and prepared. Precautions you should take include wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. You should also stay hydrated and be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
Happy Labor Day from The Travis Law Firm!
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend. If you are injured in an accident, we are here when you need us. Contact The Travis Law Firm toll-free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Erie accident attorneys.