Stay Safe this Labor Day Weekend


As Californians enter the Labor Day weekend, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is urging families to be safe outdoors.

If you are planning on going on an adventure, before heading outside this Labor Day weekend, here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

Pack extra water, food, battery packs and maps, even if your outdoor plans involve only being gone a few hours. Packing some extra items can help you be prepared for any situation.

Boating Safety:

  • Wear properly fitted life jackets and ensure everyone who is on the boat has one.
  • Avoid alcohol when driving or riding on a boat.
  • Supervise children and pets when on the boat or in the water.

BBQ Safety:

  • Never use your propane or charcoal grill inside your home, garage or hanging branches.
  • Grills should be set up away from eaves, deck railings and your home.
  • Never leave your grill unattended especially when children and pets are nearby.

Sun Safety:

  • Wear sunscreen and reapply as directed.
  • Be aware of the sun during peak hours, 10am-4pm.
  • Ensure children and as risk individuals are wearing protective clothing if exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

Swimming Safety:

  • When swimming in Lakes, rivers, the ocean and pools use the buddy system.
  • If a lifeguard is present, follow all rules and regulations.
  • Before being too adventurous, know your swimming limits and never mix alcohol and bodies of water.

Plan before leaving for your adventure, know the route you’re going to take and how long you plan to be gone. Tell a responsible person back at home your plans and what time you anticipate you’ll be home.

Although Labor Day is a time to remember and celebrate the sacrifices made by professional workers, our first responders and emergency managers are still hard at work protecting California. Let’s do our part to stay safe this weekend!