Keep safety first and foremost during the Memorial Day weekend

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  • By A. Scott Winstead
  • Occupational Safety & Health Specialist, 502nd ABW Safety Office

As Memorial Day approaches, millions of travelers will be on the road heading out to enjoy the summer sun with friends and family.

With that being said, there are some things to keep in mind and plan for over the holiday weekend.

If you are going to be driving, make sure that your car is prepared for the trip, ensure your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date, check the tire pressure and fill your tank prior to leaving for your destination.

As far as the route you take to get there, make sure that you plan it out in advance and check weather conditions periodically to guarantee your safe arrival.

If you’re planning on just staying at home and maybe cooking out, just remember to never leave your grill unattended. Always have a fire extinguisher ready and clean any excess grease off the grill surface.

After everything has been grilled, make sure to keep food heated until it’s served. Also, keep your cold foods on ice or refrigerated, as this helps stop the forming or spreading of bacteria.

Once the food is served, keep it covered so the insects won’t be able to enjoy the food before you do. 

Lastly, if you’re planning on spending any time outside, wear sunscreen of the appropriate SPF and reapply as necessary, especially if you’re going to be in the water or sweating.

Make sure to stay hydrated – with water – and wear a hat and sunglasses.

Keeping all these tips in mind will help guarantee you and your family a fun, relaxing, and, most importantly, safe Memorial Day weekend.