Labor Day Safety and security
September 3, 2020
We want to wish all of our valued partners, associates, friends and followers a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer, the beginning of back to school and, for some, the beginning of Fall.
This is certainly a Labor Day to remember. With 6,206,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases in the US as of this publication and over 188,000 deaths, the pandemic is still spreading and health officials warn caution as Labor Day cookouts, beach outings and other festivities are planned. So, as we begin a 3-day weekend, we thought we would present some tips on helping keep you and your family safe.
A Cautionary Tale
“We use Labor Day as a way to take the day off, but unfortunately the virus doesn’t,” said epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. In the days ahead please use caution. Remember to maintain social distancing of between 6 and 10 feet, wash your hands frequently, use sanitizer after you have touched any object, avoid touching your face and wear a mask when you cannot social distance or are in a public area where there are crowds of people. According to many leading epidemiologists, avoiding any family or social gatherings outside the people in your “bubble” of trust over Labor Day is the best course of action.
Health experts predict that another spike of COVID-19 cases will occur if Americans are not cautious and don’t strictly follow heath guidance rules. We have seen an uptick after each major holiday since the pandemic began and are now seeing increases of cases as schools open for face-to-face learning (and irresponsible COVID parties).
Americans are predicted to take to the roads in record numbers this holiday weekend to escape pandemic isolation. The National Safety Council estimates that 390 fatalities and almost 45,000 serious injuries will take place on US roadways as people, who have stayed at home over the past several months, use the holiday to get out and about to enjoy some fresh air and new surroundings. Key safety tips:
- Check your vehicle’s fluids and tires; make sure you have a flashlight, jumper cables, a tool kit and a spare tire
- Don’t drink and drive
- Give yourself plenty of room around you and other vehicles
- Follow the speed limit, and check your mirrors often
- Make sure all occupants have their seatbelts buckled
- Never drive when you are tired; make frequent rest stops and divide driving duties with other licensed passengers
- Wear gloves to gas up or, if you don’t, sanitize your hands when you get back in your vehicle
- And finally, NEVER text and drive; many deaths are due to distracted drivers
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. In 2019 alone, there were nearly 150,000 skin cancer cases diagnosed. Make sure if you are out in the sun you wear 100% UV protection sunglasses and at least a 30 SPF sunscreen that you should reapply every two hours (one hour if you are in the water).
The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2014 and 2018, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills. Children under five accounted for an average of 2,000 or 39%, of the contact-type burns per year. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.
Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Here are some safety tips to follow:
- Grills should only be used outdoors and placed safely away from structures and any other flammable materials or objects
- Make sure your grill lid is OPEN before lighting it
- Keep young kids and pets at least 3 feet away
- Keep your grill clean; remove any fat buildup or grease
- Never leave your grill unattended while it’s in use
- Wear clothing that will not hang over a grill or cause a errant flame to catch fire to a shirt sleeve
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for young children and the 3rd most common cause of accidental death in the US, causing over 8,000 deaths per year. Here are some tips to help you and your family be water-safe!
- Make sure you and your family members know how to swim if you are going to get into a lake, ocean or pool; teach kids at an early age; if you or they don’t know, never get into water that’s over your or their head
- Never swim along; take a friend and/or only swim in supervised and/or swim-designated areas
- Supervise children when they are in the water (pool, lake, ocean); even if they are in shallow water
- Wear a life jacket when boating
- Don’t dive into shallow water and always enter the water feet first (to avoid a serious head injury)
- Avoid pool drains
Have a Safe Weekend and Look for Our September SecurAlert
coming out next week