Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

The Memorial Day holiday weekend includes activities like car trips, a backyard barbecue or having fun in the water. The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to stay safe whatever their plans include.

With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If plans include drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Other tips for a safe trip include:

* Give one’s full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.

* Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.

* Use caution in work zones.

* Make frequent stops.

* Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night.

* Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive the headlights.

The Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking:

* Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

* Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

* Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.

* Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

* Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.

* Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.

* Wash hands in hot soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom, handling pets, stopping to do something with children.

It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergency at someone’s fingertips.

This entry was posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements, State News.