Labor Day safety tips

With Labor Day weekend approaching, everyone is making plans to celebrate, whether it be on the lake, driving to a fun destination, or enjoying cookouts outdoors. No matter what the plan is, it’s always important to take safety precautions!

Rolling in the deep

Because we are in Oklahoma, we don’t have an ocean to visit, but many people celebrate the holidays at the lake or even by the pool. What’s important to keep in mind is that no matter what kind of water you’re around, there are still safety precautions to take.

  • Swim sober! Know your limitations.
  • Follow the rules that are provided, such as wearing life jackets and not swimming alone.
  • Take necessary safety precautions if you’re boating, tubing, or using jet skis. 
  • Watch your surroundings.
  • Wear proper swim shoes if needed.
  • Pick up your trash.

Beating the heat

The summer sun gets very hot, which is nothing new to us Oklahomans. However, the sun poses a lot of risks, especially when it comes to your health.

  • Wear sunscreen and apply it throughout the day to avoid sunburns.
  • Drink a lot of water. We understand that it’s a holiday, which typically includes alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates you, and so does the sun. Stay hydrated!
  • Avoid doing too much activity in the heat, as it poses a risk for heat stroke and dehydration.
  • Try and catch some shade to give your body a break.
  • Wear lightweight clothes and avoid black clothing.

Cruising down the road

People love to take road trips and vacations during the holidays, and Labor Day weekend is one of them. Here are some tips to keep you and other drivers safe during a high-traffic weekend:

  • Avoid distractions and stay focused on the road.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Seriously, just don’t do it.
  • Use caution around construction sites and its workers, as well as other pedestrians and animals.
  • Be awake and alert.
  • Get gas before your gage tank gets low.

We want everyone to enjoy Labor Day weekend and take a much-needed break from our daily lives. Have fun, but be safe!