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American Red Cross safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Tommy Simmons
tsimmons@greeleytribune.com

Often considered the cultural beginning of summer, Memorial Day offers a chance to swim, grill and get outside for many who have a long weekend coming up. But it pays to be mindful of safety while enjoying the holiday, and a news release from Nigel Holderby, regional spokesman for the American Red Cross, contained several suggestions for staying safe during the long weekend.

Driving Safety

» Be well-rested.

» Designate a driver if you plan to drink.

» Don't follow other vehicles too closely.

» Don't let your vehicle's gas tank get too low.

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» Carry a disaster supply kit in your trunk.

Grilling Safety

» Never grill in a house, tent or camper.

» Make sure the grill stays away from overhanging branches, decks and other flammable objects.

» Never add charcoal or starter fluid when the coals have already been ignited.

Water Safety

» Adults should actively supervise children in the pool.

» Always swim with a buddy in an area supervised by lifeguards.

» Know how to help someone struggling to swim without endangering yourself, when to call 911, and when and how to perform CPR.

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