Tips to stay safe this Memorial Day weekend

For many, the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend marks the school year coming to an end and the beginning of the summer season. It is a time to remember our troops, for weekend trips, cookouts and outdoor activities.  It is also a time where more people will be out and about. In fact, AAA is estimating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. According to AAA’s Memorial Day Travel Forecast, there will be a whopping 39.3 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more away from home this long weekend via roads, skies, rails and water, which puts safety at top of mind.  As you kick off your long Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to keep safety in mind during your celebrations. Here are a few tips to help ensure you and your loved ones stay safe and happy this Memorial Day weekend. General Safety These safety tips don’t only apply for the long holiday weekend but should be observed every day.
  • Sure, everyone loves some fun in the sun, but not so much the preventable sunburn that comes after. So, don’t forget to protect yourself and load up on sunscreen.
  • Always maintain situational awareness while out in public.
  • If your children will be out and about, make sure they communicate where they will be and who they will be with.
  • In order to avoid break-ins while away, avoid posting that you’ll be out-of-town for the holiday. Consider suspending your newspaper delivery, use light timers in your home and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out.
Road Safety Whether you’re traveling an hour or across the country, there are some travel safety tips that can help ensure there are no unexpected bumps along the way.
  • Make sure your car is in tip-top shape before hitting the road. An oil change, tire rotation and tire check are general maintenance that can go a long way. If there’s something deeper going on, make sure to get it serviced before the trip.
  • Pack your car with supplies you may need in case of an emergency, like a first aid kit, a blanket, food, water, a flashlight, etc.
  • Factor in cushion time when making your travel plans. Sure, in a perfect world your five-hour road trip will actually take you five hours, but with the heavy volume of travelers on the road, it’s important to plan for the unexpected.
Grill Safety Memorial Day weekend is also the start of grill season. If you’re cooking out, don’t forget to follow these safety guidelines.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Avoid placing anything flammable near the grill area.
  • Use proper utensils with long handles to avoid burns.
  • Whether you’re using a charcoal or propane grill, make sure the grill is actually out before leaving.
Water Safety If you’re planning to make a splash this long holiday weekend, keep these safety tips in mind.
  • Never leave children or non-experience swimmers unattended. Keep an eye on these individuals at all times, and consider appointing a rotating lifeguard.
  • If young children are around, keep an eye on drink coolers as ice melts, which can increase drowning risk.
Drink Responsibly When consuming alcohol in any setting, it’s important to drink responsibly not only for the safety of yourself but also for others.
  • Keep track of how many drinks you have consumed, and don’t go over your limit.
  • You should never drink and drive. Plan to take public transportation, a taxi or ride-sharing service, arrange for a ride in advance or elect a designated driver.
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