American Red Cross safety tips for Memorial Day weekend
May 25, 2017
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.
» 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.
» Carry a disaster supply kit in your trunk.
» 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.
» 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.