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Spring Break Safety Tips

Schools and college campuses across the nation will be releasing students for Spring Break over the next few weeks. Students and families alike will be taking this opportunity to visit relatives, have cookouts, take road trips, and participate in outdoor activities. Thomas J. Henry would like to present the following safety tips to help ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break.

Spring Break Travel Safety

  • Seatbelts ­– This should go without saying, but seatbelts should be worn whenever a vehicle is in operation. Seatbelts save lives – use them.
  • Designate a Driver – Spring Break means parties and drinking. Never drink and drive or travel with a person who has been drinking. Have a designated driver if you are planning to travel home from a cookout or event.
  • Maintenance – If you are planning to take a road trip this Spring Break, check that your vehicle is serviced and ready for the road. Making sure that a vehicle is up to date on all scheduled maintenance and that tires are at proper pressure and in good condition can greatly reduce the risk of a crash.

Spring Break Grilling Safety

  • Fire Safety – Before grilling, be sure that your grill has been properly cleaned and is free of any dust. If you are using a gas grill, check for leaks and loose connections. Always grill in an open area – not in a garage, porch, or other covered or enclosed space.
  • Food Safety – Be sure you properly store any food. When grilling, keep any uncooked meats away from other foods to prevent cross contamination. Thoroughly wash your hands before handing food and after handling raw meat.
  • Keep Hydrated – Depending on where you live, warmer temperatures may be well underway. When grilling, make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Spring Break Outdoor Safety
  • Water Safety – Whether visiting a beach, a lake, or a swimming pool, remember to never swim alone. Children should especially be supervised at all times when in or near the water. It only takes seconds for tragedy to happen.
  • Boating Safety – Like driving, do not operate a boat while intoxicated. Additionally, do not forgo wearing a life jacket. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of individuals who drown after a boating accident are not wearing life jackets.
  • Sun Safety – Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher throughout the day to avoid sunburn. Wearing sunglasses and hats can also help prevent eye and corneal damage. Again, remember to keep hydrated while outdoors.

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