Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend
As people prepare to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the National Fire Protection Association offer some tips for a safe holiday weekend.
- Before handling food and after handling raw poultry or meat, wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
- Foods should be cooked thoroughly, especially ground beef, poultry and pork.
- Perishable food should be refrigerated in two hours.
- Only use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors in open areas.
- Place the grill far away from the home, deck railings, under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Pets and children should be kept away from the grill area.
- Clean you grill by removing grease and fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Do not leave your grill unattended.
- Never swim alone.
- Wear life vests when boating.
- Children should be supervised at all times when in and near the water.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher generously throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Wear sunglasses and hats.
- Never drink and drive.
- Never travel with anyone who has been drinking.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Before a long road trip make sure your vehicle has been serviced.
- Know where the nearest emergency room is located.
- Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.