How to Survive a Holiday Weekend

Mom and daughter playing at beach

A little bit of safety can go a long way on a holiday weekend, a time when far more Americans are injured than on a regular weekend. The number of car crashes increases exponentially with more motorists on the road and people driving intoxicated. While people cannot control what others do, they should exercise caution to have an enjoyable experience while avoiding injury.

Taking Care When Driving

The first set of precautions relates to driving. Many Americans use a holiday weekend as an opportunity for a road trip. Estimates are that over 40 million people will be driving.

Before getting behind the wheel, one should make sure that he or she is properly rested. When driving, they should act to minimize all distractions, which includes not texting while driving. On the roads, they should watch their speeds and be especially cautious in work zones. Finally, motorists should always have a designated driver if they plan to consume alcohol. These steps can reduce the risk of a car accident.

Safety in the Summer Heat

Next, recent seasons have proven to be far hotter than in the past. Therefore, heat safety can be an important consideration during gatherings with family members and friends. One should try to stay inside during the hottest parts of the day. If people must go outside, they should stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunblock. Finally, drinking water is crucial to avoid dehydration and a trip to the hospital.

Staying Safe at the Beach

Many Americans head to the beach during a holiday weekend when the weather is warm, and this is where many injuries occur. One should never swim outside the presence of a lifeguard, especially as many beaches can have undercurrents. When swimming, one should avoid diving headfirst because that increases the risk of a serious neck injury. Further, swimmers should be extremely careful about getting in the water after they have consumed alcohol and should never swim while intoxicated.

Precautions in the Great Outdoors

Lastly, some will take to the outdoors for hikes and other activities. They should be aware of dangers and should prepare ahead of time. For example, they should take a first aid and CPR course. Further, people planning outdoor trips should let at least one other person know where they are going. They should be aware of the physical limitations of other people in their group.


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