Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions of those who have worked to and for the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Many of us will turn the time into an extended weekend by hosting barbecues, going on a mini vacation or spending time outdoors. Make it an even greater day by following a few safety reminders says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Keep a close eye on the grill to ensure there are not fires. Keep barbeques away from the dry vegetation and flammable material. Never leave the grill unattended.

When outside, use sun screen, sunglasses and hats. Keep kids within your sight and arms reach when in the water and never swim alone. Remember, the ocean has very strong currents and surf lately!

Whatever your water plan, advise a trusted friend or family member when you head out and expected to return. Make sure your boat is equipped with all necessary safety equipment, including enough gas, life vests and a first-aid kit.


When driving you’ll want to take your time to ensure you and your family arrive safely. No texting! Remember to not drink and drive, always wear your seat belt and give a little Grace to others.

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna