Watch Out for These Common End-of-Summer Safety Hazards
Labor Day marks the official end of summer as students head back to school and football season kicks off. Many of us plan to spend the holiday weekend taking a road trip, hosting a barbecue, spending time at the beach or boating on the lake. Unfortunately, with all of these activities comes the risk of accidents and injuries.
Whether you are planning to stay close to home or hitting the road next week, Aftermath wants to help you keep your family safe and healthy. Be aware of the dangers associated with these common late summer activities, and enjoy the last of the season’s beautiful weather.
There is a great appeal to hitting the beach or the pool in hot temperatures. But before diving in, there are several things you can do to help prevent drowning or other serious and life-threatening situations:
- Designate a responsible adult to supervise children at all times while they play by the pool. Many drowning accidents happen when a child is playing near, and not in, the pool.
- Teach children to avoid drains, pipes, and other openings in the pool. These can be dangerous to even experienced swimmers.
- Avoid alcohol when swimming, or when supervising children who are swimming.
Boating accidents occur in large part due to people underestimating the dangers of the water. Distracted or inexperienced boaters can put everyone’s life at risk on the water, and seriously injure people on board the boat. Remember that drinking and boating (BUI) is both risky and illegal; make sure your captain is sober enough for the trip and following these basic rules:
- Watch your speed. Many lakes have speed zones, but be mindful that the water can be crowded this time of year.
- Pay attention and maintain a proper lookout. When the boat is in motion, limit distractions just as you would when operating a vehicle.
- Check for life preservers and other safety equipment before launching. Having an experienced boater on board can help you stay prepared with safety checks and any mechanical issues, should they arise.
If not managed properly the most common of Labor Day activities can turn into a serious fire hazard for you and your home. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, home grills were involved in over 9,600 fires between the years 2011 and 2015. While enjoying your meal, keep these basic rules in mind:
- Operate your grill in a well-ventilated area away from any structures.
- Keep children, pets, and activities away from a hot grill.
- Never leave food that requires refrigeration in direct sunlight. Instead, set the item the bowl is in on top of a pan filled with ice, and serve from a shaded area. When everyone has had their share, return the food to the refrigerator or a well-chilled cooler.
Aftermath Cares About Families
As a biohazard cleaning company, one of Aftermath’s central pillars is safety. Our crews provide discreet, compassionate cleaning services to families and businesses who are facing biohazardous situations. While you gear up for some time out of the office, remember that our technicians are available 24/7 nationwide.