Planning to travel, grill or swim this weekend?
Memorial Day weekend is just ahead, and for many it's the unofficial start of summer. That means taking to the highway for a quick vacation, breaking out the grill for some outdoor cooking, or taking that first dip in the pool. The American Red Cross offers some safety tips to help everyone have a great weekend.
- Drivers should give full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Leave ample room when behind other vehicles.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Make frequent stops when traveling long distances.
- Clean the vehicle's lights and windows, especially at night.
- Turn the vehicle's headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
- Use high beams on rural roads unless approaching or following a vehicle.
- Never grill indoors.
- Always supervise a grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.
- Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.
- Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.
- Swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Prevent unsupervised access to the water. Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub.
- Maintain constant supervision. Always stay within arm's reach of young children even when lifeguards are present.
- Know what to do in an emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
- Have appropriate rescue equipment, a phone, life jackets and a first aid kit near the pool.