Adjutant General’s Labor Day Safety Message

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

Labor Day officially is a celebration of the American worker and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. But the holiday weekend is also the seen as the end of summer and an opportunity for family and friends to gather and celebrate.

We want everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend, but it is always important to keep safety in mind:

– Privately owned vehicle accidents are the great threat to our safety. If you get in your car to go anywhere, always remember to wear your seat belt. If you are traveling a long distance, make sure you have conducted a maintenance check prior to departure. You should also have a clear plan for your route that includes taking time for proper rest for drivers.

– Labor Day is often a last chance to enjoy water-related activities, but those can also be a great source of danger and come with added responsibilities. Never swim alone and only swim in approved, designated swim areas.

– Responsible consumption of alcohol is also terribly important during the holiday weekend. Drinking and driving don’t mix, and the same goes for drinking and other activities like swimming and boating. While these activities are great fun, alcohol can impair your judgment and lead to injury.

– Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during your various weekend activities.

Every Soldier, Airman, member of the Virginia Defense Force, state and federal civilian employee and family member is an important part of the Virginia National Guard team and vital to our mission. Each of us must keep safety in mind at all times and in everything we do in order to continue to play our role in the Guard.

I hope every has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Thanks to you and your family for all your do!

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams
The Adjutant General of Virginia