Staying Safe This Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day weekend ahead, people across the country are planning dozens of activities. Many are hitting the road for the last weekend of summer. Others are getting outside, spending time with family, or trying new things before the fall season sweeps in. Enjoy your holiday the right way with some of these long weekend safety tips.


If you are driving long-distance this Labor Day weekend, it is essential to make the best decisions to avoid injury from vehicle collisions and other accidents. Labor Day is one of the busiest days for road-tripping, meaning that there are more variables to consider on the road. Here are some tips to help with the long drive:

  • Follow the rules of the road. Cutting corners this weekend can be risky.
  • Make sure you are well rested. Driving sleep-deprived can be as dangerous as driving drunk.
  • Plan for frequent stops to take care of your food and bathroom needs, this will also allow you to stretch your body and rest your eyes for a few minutes.
  • Do not use your cell phone on the road. Keeping your full attention ahead of you is imperative, even in traffic. Many accidents do occur in bumper-to-bumper jams.
  • Don’t tailgate; keep a safe distance in front of you to give yourself time to brake.
  • Don’t forget your emergency roadside kit and make sure your car is up to date on inspections to avoid a breakdown on the road.

The more drivers that are on the road, the more dangerous it becomes, so keep an eye out for people driving recklessly or breaking traffic laws.

Beach, Lake, and Pool Safety

The most popular destinations for Labor Day weekend getaway are in the sun by the water. However, having fun shouldn’t stop you from being observant and prepared in these situations.

  • Use sunscreen and make stay shaded to avoid sunburns and overheating.
  • Drink water frequently. The combination of the hot sand, the sun, salt water, and alcohol will dehydrate you quickly.
  • Be aware that swimming in the sea or a lake can be tough. Listen to the lifeguard and any safety postings.
  • Watch out for rip currents, If you are caught in one, swim parallel to the shore and call or wave to a lifeguard for assistance.
  • Swim sober, with a buddy, and with enough energy to make it back.
  • Do not dive into shallow pool, lake, or ocean water. Protect your neck.

Be Cautious Around Fireworks

While the 4th of July is the classic fireworks holiday, you may be interested in having some fun with firecrackers this weekend too. If you decide to, make sure you take the necessary precautions.

  • Always light one at a time, and if it malfunctions don’t return to re-light it.
  • Keep your distance. If you are lighting mortars, keep a distance of at least 100 feet away for every inch of the mortar.
  • Only operate fireworks if you are sober and of age. Intoxicated adults and children are much more likely to cause accidents.

Be Smart When Drinking Alcohol

Labor Day weekend is a popular time for partying. Be very cautious and mature about your choices to make this weekend a good one.

  • Set limits on your alcohol consumption. Drinking with friends can be a slippery slope and you can quickly lose track of how many drinks you have consumed.
  • Never drink alone. Ensure you’re in a public place or with friends who can care for you if something goes wrong.
  • Assign a designated sober driver or plan to use rideshares. Driving while intoxicated is a crime and is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
  • Drink water in between drinks to pace yourself. This will help you stay in control while having fun and make tomorrow morning much easier.

Stay Hydrated 

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. You can become dehydrated on the road, on the beach, in the sun, by the pool, or drinking alcohol. Bring a water bottle and refill it frequently.

In the Case of an Accident or Injury

Once you have sought medical attention, you should hire an experienced attorney to help. Our attorneys at Price Benowitz are ready and willing to provide knowledgeable legal counsel to those in need. Contact us today.