Labor Day ends Critical Days campaign

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As summer comes to a close, the 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign is concluding with a reminder to stay safe over the Labor Day weekend.

The holiday symbolizes the end of the season, the beginning of football and offers a celebration for workers and their families.

Common recreational activities can vary from barbecues and traveling to camping - all of which can be dangerous if proper safety procedures aren't taken.

According to Staff Sgt. Gary Lund, 502nd Air Base Wing ground safety technician at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, the usual risks of Labor Day weekend include long road trips, summer hazards and irresponsible alcohol consumption.

No matter what plans are in store for the weekend, Team Robins members should always have a plan and use the wingman or battle buddy concept.

Anyone planning to leave the local area should notify a second party and avoid traveling alone.

Alcohol consumption is a factor that should be carefully considered and planned around at all times.

"Use the wingman philosophy," Marvin Joyce, 502nd ABW safety and occupational health specialist, said. "Watch over each other, know your limits, make a plan and designate a driver.

"If you're going to drink, do so responsibly and drink enough water to stay hydrated," he added.

Along with alcohol consumption, other potential hazards include cooking food on or around open flames, and water mishaps.

To lessen the danger of recreational activities during Labor Day weekend maintain constant supervision.

"Make sure barbecue grills are in good working condition, and if participating in water activities, set safety rules for the whole group based on swimming capabilities," he said.

While traveling to and from events or different areas, "follow all road rules," Lund said.

Travel preparation should include a survival kit, a vehicle tune-up, alternate plans for bad weather and adequate rest.

- Adapted from an article by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Slade, Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, Texas