Start your summer right with Memorial Day safety

[:en]As we happily head into this Memorial Day weekend, let’s take a moment to be thankful for our troops, and honor the passing of the members of the military who died in active duty. 


Memorial Day weekend is here, and with it comes outdoor fun in the sun. Whether you’re road-tripping or celebrating at home, be aware and take a few safety precautions to ensure a happy and safe holiday weekend. No matter which way you slice the numbers, according to AAA this long holiday weekend is poised to be one of the busiest on record.



– Make sure your car is ready for the trip. Pack a first-aid kit, bottled water and some energy bars in case you get stranded. Bring a car adapter for charging your cellphone.

– Schedule your road trip at times to help avoid the holiday travel congestion. Leaving before rush hour Friday or early Saturday and driving back Monday before 3 p.m. or after 10 p.m. should make for less traffic hassles.

– Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Temperatures inside a vehicle can climb to dangerous levels quickly, even on a cloudy day.

– If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.


Being outside

With the temperatures rising, it’s important to know how to stay safe during times of excessive heat.

– Eat small meals and eat more often.

– Stay hydrated, avoid caffeine and alcohol.

– Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.

– Take frequent breaks if you are working outdoors, avoid strenuous outdoor activity.



Seven out of every 10 adults in the United States have a grill or smoker, and this weekend marks the symbolic start to summer and grilling season.

Never leave your grill unattended, and have a fire extinguisher available.

– Propane and charcoal BBQ grills are for outdoor use only.

– The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

– Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

– Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Heavy food build-ups can cause nasty flare-ups.


Water safety


– Have one life jacket that is US Coastal Guard approved for everyone on board.

– If a child is under the age of 13, they must have a life jacket on whenever the boat is in motion.

– The rules for driving a boat are similar to those of a vehicle – people cannot drink and drive a boat.


– Everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards. Always remember the penguin

credo, never swim alone!  #skipper   

– Adults, actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers.

– Understand what to do to help someone in trouble, without endangering yourself; know how and when to call 9-1-1; and know CPR.


Always remember

Have a first aid kit nearby and emergency contacts programmed into your phone. You never know when an accident can happen, and better to be prepared just in case.



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