Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and it’s time for that final summer hoorah. While enjoying some fun in the sun, the Huron County Sheriff’s Department has a few words of wisdom to ensure a safe holiday weekend.
Boating: Navigate the Waters Carefully
- Watch the Weather: Moderate southerly breezes may make paddling a kayak a risky venture.
- Safety Gear: Make sure your boat is equipped with necessary safety items and that it’s in good mechanical shape.
- Know Your Limits: Understand what your boat and you can handle in terms of sea conditions.
The north shore of Huron County is a kayaker’s paradise, but it has also been the scene of numerous emergencies, including some fatalities. Kayakers should be aware that long-term exposure to mid-60s water temperatures can lead to hypothermia. A proper life jacket is non-negotiable; most fatalities occur from falling overboard without one. Visit Huron County’s water safety page for more information.
Fireworks: Light Up the Sky Responsibly
- Avoid Alcohol and Drugs: Being under the influence only increases the risk of accidents.
- Be Mindful of Neighbors: Keep the noise down and remember you’re not the only one trying to enjoy the weekend.
Every year, the Huron County law enforcement responds to complaints about property damage and noise due to fireworks. The key is to be respectful and cautious.
Life Jacket Loaner Stations: Don’t Have One? Borrow One!
For the fifth consecutive year, life jackets will be available for day loans at Bird Creek Beach in Port Austin and Caseville Harbor. All you need to do is pick one up before hitting the water.
- Look Twice for Motorcycles: Drivers are urged to be extra cautious.
- Say No to DUI: Whether it’s a boat or a car, don’t operate any vehicle under the influence.
Final Thoughts Labor Day Weekend in Huron County
The Huron County Sheriff’s Department wants nothing more than for residents and visitors to have a safe, enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Being cautious about boating and fireworks can make all the difference. Memories are better when they’re about the good times, not tragedies.