LIVINGSTON, NJ – This year in Livingston, school started before Labor Day, a holiday which marks the official end of the summer. So while students got a taste for the year to come by attending school on Thursday and Friday, they won’t be back in school until Tuesday because they will be enjoying Labor Day Weekend.

For many families, Labor Day Weekend is a last chance to travel and celebrate the end of the season and many will hit the road sometime over the three-day holiday weekend.

To keep people safe, the Red Cross is offering the following travel highway safety tips:

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  • Find out what disasters may occur where traveling and how to get information in the event of a disaster (local radio systems, emergency alert systems).
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast for the destination.
  • Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
  • Be well rested and alert; have the driver give their full attention to the road.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Observe speed limits.
  • Make frequent stops. 
  • Be respectful of other motorists.
  • Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help see, especially at night.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk.
  • Don’t let the gas tank get too low.
  • If car trouble occurs, pull as far as possible off the highway.

If Labor Day plans include a trip to the beach, the Red Cross says that rip currents could be a problem and says, “Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:

  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, turn and swim toward shore. If unable to do that, float or tread water until free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

For those whose plans include a barbecue at home, the Red Cross offers the following safety steps:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

The Red Cross also offers the following safety app: FIRST AID APP for those wishing to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies.