Monday is Labor Day and many people are spending at least part of the day traveling to or from a relaxation destination by air or car.
As summer winds down and many people spend time in an environment different from what they are used to, it is important to take precautions to guard against illness or injury.
Experts recommend drinking plenty of water as well as keeping hand sanitizer handy to limit exposure to harmful bacteria.
Travelers are also encouraged to prepare for the worst by making sure they know where nearby emergency care centers are located and making sure they have a credit card with a high limit in case of unexpected expense.
Many people choose to spend part or all of their Labor Day holiday relaxing on the water but it is important to stay safe.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary has seven simple tips to save lives including always wear a life jacket and be prepared for emergencies as well as make sure the boat is properly equipped and functioning.
Additional rules to follow for a safe time on the water are avoid mixing boating and alcohol, file a float plan with a friend, keep a sharp lookout for anything unusual, and always practice the three Cs of Caution, Courtesy, and Common Sense.
An average of ten percent of boating-related accidents and fatalities nationwide occur over the Labor Day holiday weekend.