American flags strung up against the sunlight

Memorial day is a time to honor those who have served in our armed forces. It’s also a time to enjoy the three-day weekend with family and friends in celebration of the beginning of summer.

Here are five tips to making sure you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Food Safety

Memorial day weekend would not be the same without those delicious burgers and brats cooked on the grill. Make sure to wash your hands before handling any raw meat or poultry. Doing so will help prevent any cross-contamination. You’re going to be making a lot of food so don’t forget to refrigerate any left over dishes or perishable items.

Fire Safety

 When you’re ready to fire up the grill, make sure you’re in a well-lit open area with enough ventilation. You should never grill on a porch or inside of a garage. You can also follow these safe practices:

  • Inspect your grill – check to make sure connections to your burners are clean and unblocked.
  • Store your propane tanks outside in ventilated areas.
  • Never add lighter fluid to hot coals. The flames can flash back and cause injury to you or others.
  • When disposing of hot coals, douse them with water and store them in fire-resistant containers.

If a fire-pit or bonfire is in order, make sure to extinguish any leftover embers before leaving it unattended. It’s also a great idea to keep a fire extinguisher close by in case of emergencies.

Water Safety

 Enjoying the beach, pool or a lake is also a great way to spend your Memorial Day weekend. Always follow pool etiquette such as not running near the water or diving in shallow areas. Keep a watchful eye on younger children who are playing in or near the water. It’s also smart to have a designated swimming partner anytime you’re in the water. If you’re participating in any water activities, such as boating or water skiing, wear a life vest at all times.

Little boy at the beach holding an American flag

Sun Safety

 If you plan on spending most of your weekend outdoors, make sure to apply enough sunscreen throughout the day. Hats and sunglasses also help protect you from those harmful UV rays. Above all, be sure to keep yourself hydrated and drink lots of water.

Travel Safety

 Holiday road trips are always fun when it’s spent with great friends and family. But it can also be a nightmare if you’re not prepared for the unexpected. Whether you are traveling locally or out of town, it’s always smart to complete any routine maintenance prior to your trip. Changing your oil or toping off any necessary fluids will keep your engine happy. Make sure to rotate your tires and have your brakes checked before hitting the road as well.

Practice Safe Driving Habits

Getting to your destination is half the fun but it’s also important to stay alert and keep your eyes on the road. Do not call or text while driving. It’s also a great idea to plan your route ahead of time prior to your trip. GPS and navigation apps make traveling convenient but they can also be distractions. As always, make sure to be well rested before getting behind the wheel. Wear your seat belt and drive at appropriate speeds.

By following these tips, you and your family will ensure a great and relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

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