Summer dangers at the laboratory

Driving while using your cell phone on Fermilab grounds is a traffic violation. It's especially dangerous when driving near construction zones. Don't let yourself be distracted while driving.

Driving while using your cell phone on Fermilab grounds is a traffic violation. It’s especially dangerous when driving near construction zones. Don’t let yourself be distracted while driving.

Building construction is prevalent at the laboratory this summer, and it can pose a danger for those on the road. It is particularly important to slow down and pay close attention while driving. Motorists, bikers and pedestrians must pay attention to warning signs, detour signs and flaggers. Dangers still exist in work zones even if workers are not present.

Personnel may not drive any motor vehicle on the Fermilab site while using a cell phone. This is a Fermilab moving traffic violation, and you can be cited by Fermilab Security if found in violation of the policy.

Remember these tips for work zone safety:

  • Slow down.
  • Observe posted construction zone speed limits.
  • Don’t follow too closely.
  • Be patient.
  • Turn on headlights.

For more information, visit the traffic safety Web page.

With construction season comes bees, wasps, ticks and mosquitoes. Alertness and awareness is the key to avoiding the dangers of bee and wasp stings. Always watch where you place your hands, and keep away from heavily perfumed soaps, laundry detergents and additives, as well as colognes, hair products, lotions, oils and flowery deodorants. These strongly scented products attract bees and wasps.

Be careful when eating fruits and sugary food outside. Cover all food and drinks. Bees and wasps are notorious for crawling into drink cans unnoticed.

If you do get stung by a bee, scrape the stinger off with a fingernail or other straight edge. Do not remove a bee stinger with tweezers or by squeezing it between two fingers as this will squeeze the venom into the skin. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Ice can reduce the swelling of a bee sting. Resist the urge to scratch it as doing so will irritate the skin and prolong your discomfort.

Alertness and awareness as you go about your day-to-day activities will help ensure your summer fun isn’t spoiled.