memorial day weekendMemorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to the summer, with cookouts to attend, travel, time-off from work, and fun in the sun. Keeping a few precautions in mind will help to prevent illness or injury and ensure that you have a great weekend.

  • Travel safe. AAA estimates that 36.1 million people will be traveling throughout Memorial Day Weekend.
  • If flying, airports will be crowded so allow yourself enough time to get to the airport and go through security.
  • If traveling by car, you can pretty much count on traffic. Allow yourself enough time to get to your destination so you are not rushing to get there. Keep water and snacks within reach, have your car serviced before a long trip, never drink and drive, know your surroundings, and always wear your seat belt.
  • Wear sunscreen while spending time outside and reapply as necessary. Drink lots of water, wear sunglasses and a hat. Taking these precautions will prevent future discomfort from sunburn.
  • If near water, never swim alone, prevent children from running around a pool area, and always make sure an adult is present when children are swimming.
  • When using a grill be sure that all excess grease is cleaned off, check for gas leaks, and make sure that the grill is in a well-ventilated space.
  • If you use a fire pit, be sure that the fire and coals are out completely before walking away and leaving it for the night.
  • Practice safe food handling to avoid foodborne illness. Wash hands with soap and warm water before handling food, wash produce thoroughly, and always wash hands after handling raw meats such as poultry, pork, and ground beef. Keep raw meats away from other foods to avoid cross contamination.
  • Be sure that meats are cooked through to the proper temperatures.
  • Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours or discard.

Take these few tips into consideration for a fun, relaxing Memorial Day Weekend with friends and family. Please take a moment to remember what this weekend stands for and why so many have it off from work. This day is set aside to celebrate and honor United States men and women who have died while serving their country in the military. If you are interested in learning more on the history of Memorial Day click here.