Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the summer fun season. It’s a great time for a weekend getaway, a backyard barbecue or fun with family and friends.
Make sure you get your summer started on the right foot—and have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend, as well as the rest of the summer, by following these five easy tips.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before handling food and after handling raw poultry or meat. To guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away from other foods.
- Cook foods thoroughly, especially ground beef, poultry, and pork.
- Refrigerate all perishable food within two hours.
- When using a grill, be sure to clean it thoroughly to remove any grease or dust. Check for gas leaks and make sure your grill is free of corrosion and rust.
- Use the grill outside, not in a garage, porch, or other enclosed space. Make sure the grill is well away from any flammable objects, including low-hanging trees or roof overhangs.
- If you plan to use a fire pit, be sure to put out the fire completely before leaving it unattended.
- Do not park your vehicle on grass as the hot exhaust can easily ignite dry vegetation.
- Don’t swim alone. Even the strongest of swimmers can run into trouble in the water.
- Wear a life vest while boating or using other watercraft.
- Supervise children at all times in and near the water. It only takes seconds for a child to slip under the water and out of your sight.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply it 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun and re-apply it generously throughout the day. Avoid being in the direct sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Don’t drink and drive or travel with anyone who has been drinking.
- Wear your seatbelt at all times.
- Make sure your vehicle has been serviced before a long road trip. Start with a full tank of gas and all your vehicle fluids at their optimum levels.
- Familiarize yourself with your surroundings and know where the nearest emergency room is in case of an emergency.
Enjoy the holiday weekend with friends and family! And, remember to pay your respects to those who have given so much so that we can enjoy the liberties we have today.