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Red Cross Issues Top Memorial Day safety steps

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Memorial is full of family events such as traveling, swimming, grilling, and enjoying fireworks. All of these events sound fun but can create danger if you are not careful, 

The American Red Cross has issued some steps that people should follow to ensure a fun and safe weekend. 

“This holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the Red Cross urges families to make it both fun and safe,” says Terri Badour, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “We all know how quickly good times can become tragedies, especially around water and outdoor cooking. By following a few basic safety tips, you and your loved ones can travel safely and enjoy your time together without regret.”

Here are safety rules that should be followed

HIGHWAY SAFETY Millions of people will be on the highways over the Memorial Day weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

  1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  2. Do not drink and drive.
  3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
  4. Use caution in work zones.
  5. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.  
  5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

WATER SAFETY TIPS The following tips are layers of protection that will help people stay safe in, on and around the water:

  1. Download the Red Cross Swim App which includes water safety steps for home pools, beaches, lakes and rivers.
  2. Actively supervise children; stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers.
  3. Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level.
  4. Everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards.
  5. Know what to do to help someone in trouble, know how and when to call 9-1-1; and know CPR.

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