Posted on August 22, 2013 by

How to Protect Your Family While Still Having Fun

It’s the end of summer. Vacations are over and school has begun or starts right around the corner. For many of us, it’s the last chance to enjoy time with our families before the school year starts up in earnest. Some of us will host BBQs, take trips to the amusement park, go to the beach, visit with family and friends, etc. However, all of us need to be aware of some potential dangers lurking around the corner during the busy Labor Day weekend. Here are just a few with which to be mindful:


There are almost 50,000 automobile related deaths in the US every year. Studies show that Labor Day weekend averages 15% more traffic related fatalities than a normal weekend. Don’t drink and drive. Wear your seatbelt. Be cautious of other drivers.


If adventuring outdoors, apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn and eliminate the potential for skin cancers. Experts recommend SPF 45 applied every 3 hours.


Never swim alone and never allow your loved ones to either. At the beach, make sure a lifeguard is nearby. At the pool, assign an adult to watch the kids. Water related accidents can happen in a moment.


In the hot temps this time of year, remember to keep food refrigerated until you are ready to cook. Experts recommend that meat should be cooked to approximately 155 degrees to kill illness causing bacteria. Also, don’t let your leftovers linger too long at the table. Remember to refrigerate food to avoid problems.

Fatality statistics show that Labor Day is the second deadliest holiday of the year, after Thanksgiving. This sobering fact is not meant to deter you and your family from celebrating the last weekend of the summer, but instead to remind you of some tips to make it enjoyable and safe for everyone.

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