Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend
Posted By Todd Miner Law || May 22, 2018
Memorial Day is an extended weekend of fun and celebration for many of us, giving friends and family an opportunity to spend time together and kick off the summer. However, it is important to stay safe and to not let a weekend of enjoyment turn into one of tragedy. Whether you are lounging by the pool, spending time on a boat, or grilling at a barbecue, take the proper precautions to stay safe.
Below are some tips on how you can stay safe this Memorial Day weekend:
- Food safety: Foods that are perishable need to be refrigerated within two hours, or one hour if the temperature outdoors is over 90 degrees. If you are planning on grilling meat, make sure you keep anything that is uncooked away from other foods to prevent cross-contamination of bacteria. Also, no one wants to spend the weekend suffering from food poisoning so make sure to properly cook your food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it is recommended that you cook fresh poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees, and beef to at least 145 degrees.
- Grill safety: If you are not taking the right safety measures, you risk harming yourself or others. Be sure to check the tubes that are leading into the burner for blockages from food grease or insects, which can cause a fire. You should always make sure your grill is thoroughly cleaned and free of dust and grease. It is also crucial to use your grill in an appropriate location and never in a garage, breezeway, carport, or near a surface that can catch fire.
- Water safety: Many of us also plan to spend some time in the water this weekend, so make sure you avoid alcohol consumption when you are boating or swimming. Any children in or near the water should be supervised by an adult at all times. While supervising children, it is crucial to maintain your attention on them and not to consume alcohol.
- Sun safety: Sunburn and heat strokes are serious risks when the weather is warm, so do not take it lightly. Wear sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or higher and reapply it throughout the day. Make sure to stay hydrated, especially if you are in the sun and sweating profusely. If you begin to feel faint or nauseous, find a cool place to sit immediately.
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