Most people know Labor Day as a federal holiday occurring on the first Monday of each September. This year that means Monday, September 5th.

Traditionally Labor Day also signals the end of summer—a welcomed event in some warmer climates.  As usual on Labor Day, Rytech Restoration wants to make sure you have a safe holiday weekend.

Whether you’re planning your last summer outing or staying home to wrap up summer chores, Rytech has gathered some helpful Labor Day tips we think you’ll be glad to know.

1.     Prevent food-borne illnesses

For many, Labor Day is all about food—grilling out, picnics, backyard gatherings, and neighborhood parties. Cross contamination and food-borne illnesses are on the rise, particularly from non-commercial activities, so…always follow these rules:

  • Wash your hands before and after you touch raw meat.
  • Dry your hands on paper towels instead of cloth towels and discard them immediately.
  • Don’t leave raw meat out for long periods before you put it on the grill
  • Never leave refrigerated foods in the sun like mayonnaise, coleslaw, and most salads… they spoil when warm and can make people sick or worse.

2. Fireworks

They can be fun.  But they can also cause serious injury or death.  Even sparklers can be hazardous if not handled properly.  In some years, there are close to 20,000 injuries countrywide due to mishandling fireworks.

Here are some tips for those inclined to light their own:

  • Only light one at a time.
  • Never allow any horseplay while fireworks are being set up or ignited.
  • If a firework malfunctions, don’t re-light it.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
  • Never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Have a water bucket handy to quickly drop in any malfunctioning fireworks or those that misfire.

See more here: Consumer Product Safety Commission, "2020 Fireworks Annual Report"   

3. Be a Smart Drinker  

Alcohol is the number one contributor to holiday accidents. It is recommended that you set a limit ahead of time on how much you will consume.  Then, stick to the plan.  Do not drive if you have had anything to drink.  

Beware that drinking impacts not only your coordination and reaction time but also your decision-making.   

Drink one glass of water in between alcoholic drinks to help pace yourself.  If you drink more than you planned, ask for help getting home. And keep in mind that operating a motor vehicle after just one drink can be dangerous.

4. Be a Better Boater

Make sure you and your loved ones stay safe by ensuring any boat is in good mechanical condition and carries all safety equipment, (especially life preservers for each occupant) and an emergency first aid kit.  Follow boating rules and protocols, and be sure someone on land knows where you’re heading and how to reach you. 

5. Be Yard Safe

For some people, Labor Day is a great time to catch up on yard work.  And today, more people are using electrical lawn equipment. If you use mostly electrical devices, especially those with cords, we hope you’ll keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Before you use any power tool, make sure the cord is in good condition with no cuts or exposed internal wiring.
  • Don’t gamble, never use any electric cutting device near the cord it is connected to, I.E a trimmer or mower.
  • Be sure that the extension cords’ amperage can handle the demand of the power tool you’re using.
  • Only use a ladder when there’s someone else at home.
  • Be careful with metal ladders.  Make sure they don’t contact any electrical source. 
  • Always use protective eyewear and gloves.  Gloves are particularly necessary with electric (or gas) clippers and hedge trimmers.

6. Travel Plans

The National Safety Council reports there are 400 deaths every Labor Day directly resulting from automobile collisions.  You should always do a checkup on your car before any long trip. Don’t forget to pack a vehicle emergency kit that contains items like a flashlight, jumper cables, a tool kit, tire gauge, and flares.

If it’s a weekend out of town, get lots of rest before you leave and plan your rest stops.

For more see: National Safety Council, "Holiday Fatality Traffic Estimate: Labor Day." 

If fireworks are responsible for any Fire and Smoke damage to your home or business, Rytech Restoration can clean up the aftermath.  And remember: Time is Not on Your Side!

After a fire, you need professional mitigation services to alleviate the situation and relieve the burden of cleanup.  

Whether you need to dry your property after or remove smoke damage materials, Rytech Restoration is the 24/7 company to call. We will be at your door in 4 hours or less.  Our team handles commercial and residential projects, large or small.  Learn more here.