Kristin McMahon

Summers (hopefully last) Heatwave

by on September 2nd, 2011 at 9:56am in News

Monday, September 5th,   millions of American workers will celebrate Labor Day. Wrapping up summer fun, this will be the last holiday until Thanksgiving.  Labor Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1894, and is always observed the first Monday in September. 

Labor Day is also known as the second deadliest holiday of the year, with Thanksgiving coming in at #1.  So, while you are busy making plans for that three-day weekend, please give some thought to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Be sure to keep your cell phone handy, but please don’t text and drive.  One of your passengers can answer your phone, or you can retrieve your messages once you have stopped driving. 

If you are one of the expected travelers this weekend, be sure you watch for the other driver (drive defensively), motorcycles and bicycles.  Everyone should show the same respect on the roads that they expect to receive.  Driving (either a car or a boat) and drinking just don’t mix. 

If you are attending Riverfest this weekend; be sure to take along your sunscreen, sunglasses, wear a wide-brimmed hat, insect repellent, and PLENTY OF FLUIDS.  Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of   the sun’s energy. Because the weather is still warm, you’ll want to keep all perishable food items cold, and not leave them out of the ice chest for more than one hour. 

Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.   Avoid alcoholic beverages and beverages with caffeine such as coffee, tea and cola. They can make you feel good briefly, but make the heat’s effects on your body worse. This is especially true about beer, which dehydrates the body.  Do not leave children or pets in a closed vehicle . . . even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach 140 to 190 within 30 minutes on a hot day.

Wherever the roads take you, obey the law and stay safe.  Everyone traveling expects to return to work next Tuesday.  Do your part to see that they do.

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