The upcoming Memorial Day holiday marks the unofficial start of summer. The long weekend presents plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the late spring weather, along with lots of food and the company of good friends. As always, though, safety should be a priority. It’s great to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, but it’s also good to keep the risks of danger to a minimum.
Here is a quick list of tips for a safe Memorial Day celebration. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Kitchen and Grilling Safety
Memorial Day weekend is all about great spring and summer foods we don’t get to enjoy over the winter. That means a lot of work in the kitchen along with firing up the grill for perhaps the first time in months. Use common sense when cooking; here are some suggestions:
- In the kitchen, never leave food cooking on the stove unattended. Nearly half of all house fires start in the kitchen.
- When using a charcoal or gas grill, NEVER grill indoors. Grill in an outdoor area with plenty of ventilation.
- Grills should always be attended, just like stoves and ovens.
- Both indoors and out, keep knives and other sharp cooking utensils out of reach of children.
- Children should also be kept away from high traffic areas in the kitchen.
- When grilling with charcoal, NEVER add lighter fluid once the charcoal is burning.
Safety Around the Pool
If you have a swimming pool, don’t forget how easy it is for accidents to occur – accidents that could result in serious injury or death. All pool owners should remember the following:
- Access to the pool should be controlled with fencing and a locked gate.
- Children should never be allowed to swim except under the supervision of adults.
- Children should never be sent to the pool alone.
- Young swimmers with little experience should wear some sort of buoyancy device in the water.
- Installing a pool alarm is a good idea if you have young children in the home.
- Pool lighting should be utilized (if you have it) at night for maximum safety.
Safety When Traveling
There are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself and your property safe if you’re traveling during the long weekend:
- NEVER drive distracted. Turn off the cell phone and put it somewhere out of reach until you get to your destination.
- Be very cautious with GPS devices; you don’t want to be distracted by them either.
- Always use extreme caution when driving through work zones.
- Use extra caution when driving in inclement weather, including reducing your speed.
- Make sure you get enough sleep before driving. Let someone else do the driving if you’re tired.
Our last tip deals directly with keeping your property safe while you are away: Make sure your home is locked and secured before you leave. If you don’t already have them, think about installing heavy-duty deadbolt locks and window locks. A monitored home security system from Monitronics is also a good idea. And as always, be sure to have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers so they don’t stack up at the front door.
We wish you and your family well this Memorial Day weekend. Get out there and enjoy the unofficial start of summer – just do it safely.