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Red Cross issues safety tips for Labor Day weekend


MADISON (WKOW) -- Labor Day weekend is a good time to end the summer with some fun, but it's also important to remember some safety tips while you're enjoying the holiday.

The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Tips for Safe Travel:
  • Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk. Having a first-aid kit, bottled water and some energy bars is a good idea in case you get stranded. A car adaptor for your cell phone is also a good idea in case you need to call for help.
  • Schedule your road trip ahead of time to help avoid the holiday travel madness.
  • Buckle up and observe speed limits.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Make sure your car is in shape to make the trip.


Tips for Safe Swimming:
  • Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
  • Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.
  • Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm's reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets
Tips for Safe Grilling:
  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Tom Mooney, the CEO of the Red Cross Badger Chapter, joined us on 27 News at 5 on Friday.
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