Labor Day is the official end of our companywide 101 Days of Summer Safety. As summer’s end nears, here are five Labor Day safety tips for you and your family.
Don’t Drive Distracted: The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that about 400 Americans on average are involved in fatal auto accidents over Labor Day weekend each year. A high number of these deaths are a result of distracted driving. Quick Tip: Put the distractions away! Even just a momentary look away from the road can drastically increase your chances of a crash.
School Bus Safety: It’s back to school time! Learn the school bus laws. Yellow or red flashing lights and a stop sign arm extended indicate children are preparing to load or unload from the bus and a signal for you to prepare to stop. Quick Tip: Stand or line up at least 6 feet away from the curb when the bus approaches.
Bicycle Safety: Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor). Quick Tip: Ride responsibly, and remember: All states require bicyclists on the roadway to follow the same rules and responsibilities as motorists.
Grill Responsibly: According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 19,000 patients per year went to the emergency room due to injuries involving grills between 2013 and 2017. Quick Tip: Never leave your grill unattended while it’s in use.
Sun Protection: Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to spend outdoors. But aside from protecting your skin, it’s important to protect your eyes too. Quick Tip: Wear 100% UV protection sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage
If you have a summer safety tip to share, let us know at BlueNation@RepublicServices.com.