Staying Safe this Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, we invite you to pause and reflect to honor our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. As you are celebrating with your loved ones, we encourage you to keep in mind some safety precautions from the Red Cross.

Driving a Car or Boat

  • Follows the rules of the road or waterways.
  • Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car or boat gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • Make sure that all your headlights, taillights, horns, etc. are working properly. And don’t forget about your tires and gas tank!
  • Do not be distracted by texts, phone calls, loud noises, etc. Pay attention at all times.
  • Do not drink and drive. Before festivities begin, designate a driver to get everyone home safely. Those “couple of drinks” can put your blood alcohol level past the legal limit of 0.08 and can disrupt your life and the lives of others.

Swimming and Boating

  • Do your part, be water smart!
  • Never take your eyes of the children, even if they know how to swim. Make sure that they always have proper floatation devices on if they do not know how to swim.
  • Know the signs of someone drowning. Drowning is generally silent and in many cases the person can be seen bobbing quietly, gasping for air.
  • If you are boating, make sure that everyone aboard has a Coast Guard approved life vest.
  • Make sure to properly apply (and reapply) sunscreen with an appropriate SPF.

Grilling

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Keep the grill on flat, level surface that is away from any structures or tree limbs that could catch fire. Never grill indoors or inside a closed environment like a tent camper, or canopy.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufactures instructions when using grills.

Access safety tips and resources from the palm of your hand. Download the Red Cross apps.

No matter how careful you are during this holiday weekend, you may still be hurt by the negligence of others who were not careful enough. We hope this is not the case, but if you find yourself in need of legal representation, know that we are a full-service law firm ready to assist your legal needs. Call us at 850-444-HURT.