Labor Day Safety Tips
By Commissioner Steven Freeman
September 1, 2021

Grilling Tips
Keep children and pets away from any type of open flame.
Position the grill so that it’s in a well-ventilated area and away from trees, bushes, the house, and anything else that can catch fire.
Always use long-handed utensils and wear protective, fire-resistant gear when grilling.
Follow the instructions in the grill’s owner’s manual.
Have a fire extinguisher ready to extinguish flames if they get out of control.
Never leave your grill unattended.

Electrical Tips
Don’t use electricity around water, including the pool, sprinklers, hot tub, etc.
Inspect your extension cords for frays or other damage before using them.
If you’re hosting a party, make sure your guests stay away from power lines or electrical transformers near your home.
Keep your power tools safely locked away in your garage or shed.

UV Tips
Always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin.
If you’re sensitive to sunburns, wear a hat and try your best to stay in the shade.
Stay hydrated – the sun can dehydrate you quickly.
Remember that UV rays bounce off of sand, concrete, and water.
If you do get burned, apply aloe to the burn on a regular basis.
Keep in mind the strongest UV index is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Swimming Tips
Always swim with a buddy.
Check the weather before you decide to go in the pool, lake, or ocean.
Make sure children in or near the water are under supervision at all times and are nearby.
If you have a pool at your home, make sure it’s secured with barriers.
Never leave children unattended.
If it looks like rain, get out of the water as quickly as possible to avoid lightning strikes.

Road Trip Tips
Always have a first-aid kit and back-up food and water supplies in your trunk.
Before you leave, check your tire pressure and your fluids.
Never drive when you’re tired or if you’ve been drinking.
Make sure someone back home knows your destination, route, and itinerary.
Always wear your seatbelt.
Don’t text and drive. If you need to navigate, have a passenger do it for you.