Labor Day 2014

Have a safe Labor Day Weekend with these Simple Tips!

This weekend is the unofficial end of summer, so that means many of you will be traveling, cooking out, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Here are some ways you can use to make sure your Labor Day holiday is both fun…and safe!

Eat Safe

  • Always rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water.
  • Never cross-contaminate by re-using utensils and plates that have come in contact with raw meat.
  • Keep HOT food HOT, in an insulated container above 140 degrees.
  • Keep COLD food COLD, in a cooler below 40 degrees.

Avoid sunburn

  • Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

Play smart

  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well- maintained (such as wood chips or sand, not dirt or grass). On public playgrounds, more injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment. On home playgrounds, swings are responsible for most injuries.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment, whether you’re at home or out to play.
  • Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.