Memorial weekend is just around the corner, unofficially marking it as the start of summer. For many, it’s the first opportunity of summer to enjoy some serious outdoors grilling, traveling, swimming, and boating.
For others, the long weekend will be the first time heading out on long-distance travels since the holidays. Whatever is on your Memorial weekend agenda, remember a little planning goes a long way to help ensure your holiday weekend goes safely and smoothly.
As you make plans for your long-awaited holiday weekend, we encourage you to play hard while staying safe with some important tips:
Water Safety – if you are planning to spend your time swimming and boating this holiday weekend, be mindful and play it safe in order to help prevent unnecessary injuries and potential drowning accidents.
- Don't consume alcohol before or during swimming or boating.
- Wear a life jacket whenever when boating.
- Obey boating speed limits and laws.
- Ensure younger children and inexperienced swimmers are always supervised.
- Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
- Have a first aid kit on hand at all times.
- Never assume someone else is watching a child in the pool area.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen when in the sun for long periods of time.
Travel Safety- If looking forward to hitting the highway during your long weekend, the American Red Cross offers some helpful travel tips to help you arrive to your destination safely.
- Buckle up.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Don’t drive while impaired.
- Be well rested and alert.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Leave plenty of space between you and the driver ahead.
- Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
- Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches.
- If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.
- Ensure gas tank is full before driving through desolate areas.
Outdoors Cooking Safety- If you haven’t had the chance to fire-up your grill much this year, consider these cooking and food-handling tips.
- Never leave your grill unattended, especially with children present.
- Keep it clear of any overhangs and wooden fences.
- Preheat your grill for at least 10 minutes before cooking to make sure it’s hot enough to kill any bacteria that has built up.
- Once meat is thawed, do not refreeze as doing so can create dangerous bacteria.
- Don’t forget a timer to make sure different meats are cooked thoroughly.
- Always wash your hands before and after handling raw meat