American Red Cross provides Memorial Day safety tips
By Sharon Woods Harris
PEKIN, Ill. — The American Red Cross issued safety tips Monday for the Memorial Day holiday that include travel, boating and cooking.
While on the road, buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired. Be well rested and alert. Use caution in work zones. Carry a disaster supplies kit in your trunk. Know what weather to expect. Make sure someone knows your destination, route and expected arrival time, according to a press release.
If boating is on the agenda for memorial Day, wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and be aware of pending weather and water conditions. Because water conducts electricity, it is wise to stop swimming, boating or any activities on the water as soon as you see or hear a storm. Also, heavy rains can make certain areas dangerous. Learn to swim. Alcohol and boating don’t mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination.
When cooking, never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use and make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. Hot grease or ashes could spill from the grill onto the wooden deck or into dry leaves or grass.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!