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15 Tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend

Red Cross Issues Safety Steps For Travel, Grilling and Fireworks
Labor Day is the final fling of summer for many.

Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach and having cookouts this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.

“Labor Day is the final fling of summer for many, and while we want everyone to have a good time, exercising caution can help keep everyone safe and well, whether you’re at the beach, on the road, or grilling at home,” says Danielle Hardre, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross of Maine.”

People should also follow these safety tips:

Tips for Safe Travel
• Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.
• Tell your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
• Buckle up and obey traffic signs.
• Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.
• Don’t drink and drive.

Tips for Safe Swimming
• Check weather and beach conditions throughout the day.
• Always swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard and obey all warnings.
• Provide close attention to children in or near the water.
• Stay within an arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
• Young children, inexperienced swimmers, and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Tips for Safe Grilling
• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Keep children and pets away from the grill.
• Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.
• Use long-handled utensils.
• Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.

The Red Cross has a series of mobile apps in case people run into severe weather or need expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. Learn more at redcross.org/apps.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.maineredcross.org follow us on Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine) or follow us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.