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Safety Tips For The First Holiday Of Summer

May 24, 2016
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Memorial Day Weekend is a time when friends and family gather together for barbecues, outdoor recreation and remembering lost veterans. For some, it is time for vacation, to get away from the daily stresses and unwind.

No matter what you have planned, safety needs to be first and foremost on your mind. Make your weekend enjoyable and relaxing and not a weekend of tragedy. Don't become a headline in the local paper.

With this in mind, I put together a few safety tips that are simple and will not get in the way of your fun in the sun.

Be mindful of children. They may be out of school for the summer or just have a long weekend, but they will be outside too. Watch between cars in case a child would dart into the street and be aware of youngsters on bicycles.

Barbecues and Memorial Day go hand-in-hand. Keep children away from hot grills and be sure food is cooked to the proper temperature to avoid illness. Also, make sure that any food that should be refrigerated is until time to eat.

Make sure there is an adult around if children will be playing in a pool. Remember it only takes one inch of water to drown.

Insects can be a problem when spending a lot of time outside. Adults and children should be checked every night for ticks. For anyone that is allergic to bees or other flying insects, it can be vital to have medicine on hand.

Many of us will be traveling the highways, which brings another set of risks. Although Memorial Day Weekend is not the deadliest of the summer holidays, the chance is there that you could be involved in an accident. Always make sure to inspect your car before going on long trips and drive defensively. Accidents are not the only risk when traveling the highways. Speeding and seatbelt violations are two reasons you may get pulled over and should this happen, be sure to have proof of insurance in your car. Speeding tickets vary on how fast over the speed limit you are going, but seatbelt violations and no proof of insurance in the car will probably cost you the most. A seatbelt violation will cost you $127.50 and no proof of insurance in the car will cost you $397.50.

Don't forget the family pet. Never leave a pet in an unattended car unless the windows are rolled down enough to prevent heat build up

Finally, be sure to drink plenty of water. Heat exhaustion and sunstroke can be very serious.

By keeping these simple tips in mind, your Memorial Day Weekend will kick off the summer in a big way and everyone will have fun.



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