This weekend, many American’s will be kicking off summer with a Memorial Day cookout or get together. The holiday usually spent enjoying parades, eating, drinking, and the company of friends. What you don’t want to happen is anything that could dampen your Memorial Day. Here are some safety tips to help you enjoy a safe Memorial Day!
Most picnic foods are easy to make and can be made in mass quantities. It is very important to follow all food safety tips to keep you and your guests safe. Perishable foods should only left be out for up to 2 hours, or if it is above 90 degrees, then only 1 hour. Make sure to keep raw meets from other food. While cooking, make sure to follow the recommended cooking temperatures. Poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef to at least 145 degrees.
Before grilling your picnic feast, it is very important to inspect your grill for any damages. You should check the gas lines for any damage or blockage. It is also very important to give your grill a good cleaning before usage. Do not use your grill in a garage, breezeway, porch with overhang, or near any flammable material.
No matter the size of the body of water, it is important to follow all safety precautions this holiday season. Do not drink alcohol if swimming or while boating, this will prevent drowning. Make sure an adult is watching all children who are in or near the water. If a storm strikes, it is important for everyone to exit the water incase of lightening. CPR is a very valuable to know, it is a good idea to have someone certified in CPR if anything where to happen while swimming.
If you will be spending your Memorial Day outside, be sure to protect your skin from prolonged sun exposure. Make sure you apply SPF of 15 or higher, and you should reapply generously throughout the day. Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone, so make sure you and your guest have plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
If traveling this Memorial Day, be sure to not drink and drive. If you will be drinking, have a designated driver available to get you home safely. Always wear your seatbelt while in a vehicle. If you are traveling far, be sure that your vehicle is in proper running condition. It may be a good idea to have your oil changed and checked at your local garage.
By following these few safety tips, you could make your holiday fun and safe! Don’t get caught off guard from something that can be prevented. Have a happy Memorial Day from Watson Insurance!