Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to spend time outdoors before the weather cools down. The National Weather Service in Billings forecasts a hot and dry weekend and could reach up to 100 degrees on Saturday. With this in mind, it is important to keep safety in mind when outside this weekend.
The American Red Cross offers a few tips to have a fun, safe weekend. With hot temperatures expected over the weekend, it is critical to stay hydrated to avoid getting a heat-related illness. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks when outside during the day, as they can lead to dehydration. During the hottest part of the day, staying cool inside and avoiding extraneous activities is a good idea. Try wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothes with light colors.
If you plan on taking a road trip over the weekend, get plenty of rest the night before so you can stay alert while driving. Always wear your seatbelt and obey all rules and speed limits on the road. Take caution when entering construction work zones, as many are still present on highways during this time of year. If you are driving, give your full attention to the road and avoid distractions like your phone. It is also a good idea not to follow vehicles too closely.
For those taking a weekend camping trip, pack plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Share travel plans with a close friend or family member, so they know your whereabouts in case of an emergency. Pack a first aid kit that includes bug repellant, personal medication, and sunscreen. Know the abilities of others in the group.
Above all, remember to have a safe, entertaining labor day weekend with these safety tips in mind.