Destin, FL (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
Labor Day weekend for most Americans is a short-lived, but well-deserved vacation, typically associated with outdoor activities like camping, grilling, and boating. Mike Fisher of Disaster Relief Supply, an emergency preparedness retailer, compiled a list of 4 tips for a safe Labor Day weekend.
1. First Aid is the most important safety principle to keep in mind. Accidents happen, especially when young children or elderly friends and family members are involved in potentially dangerous outdoor activities including swimming and boating. Take the extra precaution and be sure to keep a first aid kit handy during any activity. Fisher recommends a medium sized kit of about 130 pieces. “A 131 piece kit for example is inexpensive, about $15-$20,” Fisher claims, “and typically includes the essentials of assorted bandages, disinfectant, antibiotic and Benadryl lotion, and non-prescription pills like ibuprofen.”
2. Skin protection is imperative when outdoors. Skin damage can be as innocent as light sunburn or as serious as an illness through contact with an insect (and with the recent outbreak of West Nile in Texas, the latter should not be dismissed). Sun damage, poison ivy, and insect bites are the main culprits of skin damage while outdoors.
Sun damage is easily prevented with a tube of sunscreen or sunblock. Sunscreen is inexpensive and available at most drug stores or supermarkets. The sun can be especially harmful to young children. When spending a day outside with small children (especially infants and toddlers), remember these simple rules from The American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org) and the Skin Cancer Foundation (http://www.skincancer.org):
Although insects like mosquitos are typically dismissed as a nuisance, the effects of a bite from an infected bug can be devastating. For this reason, follow these guidelines from The Texas Department of State Health Services to avoid bites from the pesky blood-suckers.
3. Practicing fire safety while outdoors can prevent serious harm. Having a proper fire extinguisher nearby, as well as following these fire safety tips from direct.gov.uk, will help grillers and campers extinguish the chance of fire damage.
4. Nothing puts more of a damper on a camp outing than bad weather. Being confined to a tent for an afternoon is bad, but without waterproof gear things can get a lot worse. Rain gear including coats, pants, boots, ponchos, and waterproof shelter, is a must-have for any weekend outdoors. Also, be sure to bring along a heat source (gas is preferred), rain or wet fire starting components can make fire starting difficult or even impossible.
Labor Day weekend is a time for fun, and a final taste of what summer has to offer. Disaster Relief Supply hopes that these 4 tips will keep work-weary Americans safe and happy during the upcoming holiday.