Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips At Home In Arkansas or Away

Red Cross Offers Ways to Stay Safe During Summer Heat Wave

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While many people will spend the Labor Day weekend traveling and spending time with family and friends, no one should take a vacation from safety,” said Brigette Williams, Communications Information Officer, American Red Cross in Arkansas.

This Labor Day is not only the unofficial end of summer and another reason to fire up the grill or literally jump in the lake. This Labor Day kicks off football around Arkansas with at least two big games-The University of Lafayette at The University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff at Arkansas State University. With record heat forecast for the weekend, the American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

“While many people will spend the Labor Day weekend traveling and spending time with family and friends, no one should take a vacation from safety,” said Brigette Williams, Communications Information Officer, American Red Cross in Arkansas. “With thousands of Arkansans on the road traveling to games in Fayetteville and Jonesboro, it’s most important that football fans and vacationers work to remain vigilant on the road, at the lake and at cookouts.”

With temperatures predicted to be near 100 degrees at kick-off in Fayetteville, and still in the 90’s when the Golden Lions and Red Wolves meet at 6pm, safety prep for the heat is critical. “Hydration should start immediately, with regular consumption of water throughout the day, not just when you arrive at the game,” stated Williams. Another important tip is to watch consumption of alcoholic beverages before and during games, as well as on waterways when swimming or boating. “Alcohol is not a thirst quencher nor does it hydrate you,” stated Williams. “With the addition of high heat and humidity, the potential for injury or worse increases for individuals, as well as others they may interact with.”

The American Red Cross First Aid App for smart phones and tablets provides users with expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. “Whether you’re checking symptoms of heat related illnesses or have a life threatening situation requiring 911, the First Aid App has tips, plus a 911 dialer built in.” This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores and at redcross.org/mobileapps.

For full enjoyment of the Labor Day weekend, Arkansans are asked to follow the following safety tips:

Tips for Safe Travel

  • Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.
  • Buckle up and observe speed limits.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Tips for Safe Swimming

  • Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
  • Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.
  • Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
  • Because fun at home, the lake or tailgating is always better with grilling, note the following tips:

    Tips for Safe Grilling

  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • After grilling is finished, make certain the fire is completely out.
  • For more information on emergency preparedness, go to redcross.org. Additional water safety tips are located at redcross.org/watersafety.

    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 redcross.org/arkansas or visit us on Twitter at @ArkRedCross.

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