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On September 5th, our Nation will celebrate Labor Day as a way to pay tribute to all of the contributions of all of the workers who have put so much time and effort into making this country great. Labor Day also marks the end of summer – which means: one last time to enjoy the activities that make summer great! Millions of people will be hitting the roads and waterways and lighting up the grills, so here are a few tips to help ensure you stay safe during your fun this holiday weekend:

Highway Safety

Despite rising fuel costs, over 34 million drivers are expected to hit the roadways this holiday weekend, so take extra care when traversing the highways:

  • – Don’t drink and drive.
  • – Plan ahead — know your route and your exit ahead of time.
  • – Allow plenty of time – plan for increased traffic congestion.
  • – Prepare your vehicle for long distances – check fluids and wipers.
  • – Avoid distractions while driving – texting, changing radio stations, eating, etc.

Boating Safety

  • – Don’t drink and boat. It is illegal to drive a boat while intoxicated (BWI) in Minnesota.
  • – Always wear a life jacket. Minnesota requires children under 10 years to wear one. There must also be a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) accessible for every person on the boat.
  • – Check the weather. Don’t get caught in a storm and be sure you have appropriate clothing in case the weather suddenly changes.
  • – Never swim alone.

Grilling Safety

  • – Grill outside only. Barbeque grills are meant for outdoor use – use in an enclosed area can result in the accumulation of deadly carbon monoxide.
  • – Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet from other objects, including homes.
  • – Be sure the grill is stable and can’t tip over.
  • – Always stay by the grill once it is lit.
  • – Keep children and pets away from the grill until it is completely cool.

Please keep these tips in mind and have a safe and happy Labor Day!

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