Labor Day Safety

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, so it’s time to think about how safety plays a major role in family fun.

With the long weekend in mind, many families may be enticed to break out the grill for a day of cooking under the sun.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a study performed during 2010 to 2014 determined that the leading cause for house fires and fire-related injuries was cooking equipment.

“When grilling, keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house,” said Staff Sgt. Benjamin Haymaker, 325th Fighter Wing Safety Office occupational safety technician. “This includes carports, porches and garages.”

 Other important safety tips are as follows:

  • Clean your grill regularly (grease is a major source of flare-ups)

  • Check for gas leaks

  • Keep a spray bottle of water nearby for minor flare-ups

  • Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps of the grill

With the Florida sun shining on Tyndall, it’s important to keep in mind potential risks for heat related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2010 approximately 7,415 deaths were the result of exposure to extended periods of natural heat.

“Wear sunscreen and protect your skin,” Haymaker said. “Sunburns will cause dehydration.”

Drinking plenty of water and wearing loosely fitted clothes that are light in color and highly breathable are key tips to being safe when exposed to scorching temperatures, Haymaker added.

Safety precautions should also be taken into consideration when consuming alcohol for celebratory purposes. The 0-0-1-3 policy approach is a key concept for safe drinking practices.

This approach stands for zero drinks for Airmen who are under the age of 21, zero drinks for those who plan to operate a vehicle, one drink per hour, and three drinks per day.

“Always have a plan, always have a wingman, and never leave a drink unattended,” Haymaker said.

These safety tips will help to ensure an enjoyable holiday and a safe return to work after the long weekend.