Labor Day pays tribute to all the contributions made by American workers and is observed on the first Monday in September. It originated during the height of the Industrial Revolution where the average American worked 12-hour days seven days a week. You could even see children as young as 6 working in mills, mines and factories earning a fraction of the adult wages.
As people of all ages faced unsafe working conditions many began organizing strikes and rallies. These protests were done in part because of poor working conditions and to renegotiate hours and wages. On September 5, 1882 workers took unpaid time off to march to city hall holding the first Labor Day parade.
Labor Day is still celebrated with parades, festivals and picnics. This day also marks the last days of summer to enjoy a barbecue while others take a last-minute getaway. Make sure to take time out for yourself and your family this weekend. You can also honor this day by giving back to the hardworking members of the community and participating in events.
Labor Day Safety Tips:
With so many people out on the road it helps to always be cautious and remember the following:
- Be prepared by carrying a disaster kit and paying attention to the weather forecast.
- If you are driving, buckle up, slow down and do not drink and drive.
- Maintain your vehicle by having clean lights and windows and have your gas tank filled.
- If you are headed to the beach, stay away from piers and jetties as rip currents exist around these structures.
- Are you grilling at home? Keep the grill away from your home and make sure to always have someone supervising the grill.
From all of us here at Premium Insurance we wish you a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend with your family!