Memorial Day is like the unofficial kickoff weekend for summer. Whether you’re traveling, cooking out, or spending a weekend in the sun, here are a few tips that will keep you safe this Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Travel Safety
Tens of millions of Americans travel during Memorial Day Weekend, which is why it’s important to include safety in your weekend travel plans. If you’re taking a road trip, prepare your car and make sure it’s in working condition. Make sure to check fluid levels, including oil, to ensure you’re ready to hit the road. Check your tire pressure and fill your tank before heading out, and make sure you have emergency essentials packed.
Plan your drive ahead of time by choosing which route you’re going to take. Prepare ahead of time by checking weather forecasts to avoid driving in dangerous conditions. Never drive after you’ve been drinking or allow someone who has. Don’t put your life or an innocent person’s life in danger.
Whenever you’re driving, make sure to wear your seatbelt and ensure all your passengers are, too!
Grilling & Fire Safety
Having a cookout is always fun, but it poses a potential for danger. Make sure to never leave a lit or hot grill unattended. Designate someone as “grillmaster” to control the flame and make sure no kids or animals get near the grill.
If it’s your first grill of the year, make sure the grill is ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines, and position your grill away from structures, including trees. Take precautions and remain proactive by having a fire extinguisher handy and make sure someone knows how to cut the fuel line in case of an emergency.
Picnic Food Safety
Make sure to display safe food handling to avoid anyone having tummy troubles later on. Make sure to take safe food precautions and avoid cross-contamination by washing your hands. Take steps to keep foods at safe temperatures. Keep all outdoor dishes covered to keep insects and germs away.
Summer Sun Safety
If you spend time in the sun, make sure to bring sunscreen! Use plenty of SPF sunscreen and reapply whenever necessary, especially when swimming or spending extended periods in the sun. Keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Share these Memorial Day safety tips with your friends and family and have a safe and happy holiday!