Labor Day weekend allows us one final chance to pack in all of the summer activities that we will miss come the fall. But while you’re having fun this Labor Day weekend, be sure to remember these tips for staying safe.
We love to gather together on Labor Day weekend in the form of barbeques and parties of all kinds. These parties are generally filled with an increase in alcohol consumption. If you plan on drinking alcohol this weekend, be sure that you do not drive while under the influence and instead utilize a taxi, ridesharing service, or designated driver. Impaired drivers can cause reckless and devastating accidents. For those driving responsibly, be sure to drive defensively and to report any reckless drivers on the road.
A popular Labor Day weekend activity is boating. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Office, in 2017 the U.S. had a total of 4,291 boating accidents, leading to the injury of 2,629 people and a total of 658 fatalities. Of all boating accident fatalities, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor. Operating a boat while impaired by alcohol (with a BAC of at least 0.08%) is not only dangerous but also illegal. Those who operate a boat while impaired can be charged with an OUI (Operating Under the Influence), the equivalent of a DUI on a boat. Do not drink and drive the boat. Instead, have a pre-established designated driver.
If the weather permits, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time outside this Labor Day weekend. While it’s nice to be outside and enjoy the warm weather, when the weather is hot or humid, it increases the amount that you sweat, and therefore the amount of fluid that you lose. This can cause dehydration. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dehydration can cause overheating, constipation, and kidney stones. Drinking water or drinks containing electrolytes can help to prevent it.
Children are more at risk for dehydration (they have a greater surface area to body mass). Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that they drink every 20 minutes.
Be aware of the signs of dehydration. Signs include:
- Muscle cramping
- Heart palpitations
- Lightheadedness when standing up
If you start to notice these signs, it may help to sip water, as well as fruit juice or Pedialyte. If you or a loved one begins to vomit, stops sweating, is confused, or stops producing urine, you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Sun protection
Along with dehydration, you should also be prepared to protect yourself against the harmful rays of the sun, which are stronger during the summer months.
When unprotected skin is exposed to the sun, it becomes the recipient of UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin cancer. Sun damage destroys the skin’s ability to maintain its vital components. You can protect yourself by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you are outside for a long period of time, get wet, or you are sweating, you should reapply.
Celebrate Safely with Carter Mario
Planning on attending a fireworks display, party, or barbeque this weekend? The lawyers at Carter Mario want to make sure you get there and home safely. Between August 29th at 8am, and September 4th at 8am, Carter Mario will pick up the tab for anyone needing a ride. Just download the Get Carter App and select the “Call a Taxi” option for a free ride.
From all of us at Carter Mario, we’d like to wish those celebrating a happy and safe Labor Day!
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