Good ways to be safe while traveling, grilling or enjoying the beach

PRINCETON, NJLabor Day is often viewed as the official end of the summer and many families see it as their last chance to travel and celebrate the end of the season.

Many will hit the road sometime over the three-day holiday weekend. The Red Cross offers these 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, rip currents could be a problem. 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.

Perhaps plans include an old-fashioned barbecue at home. Follow these safety steps if cooking up tasty treats on the grill:

  • 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.

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The American Red Cross hopes everyone enjoys their Labor Day weekend and stays safe whatever their plans may be. For more information, visit redcross.org/prepare.

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.