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Memorial Day Safety Tips

Memorial Day Safety Tips

It's Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of Summer! Whether you are spending the extended weekend at the lake, with family or at home, it's a good time to revisit the importance of summer safety.

Here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones have a fun and safe celebration.

Grilling

  • Be sure to wash hands between handling raw meat and ready to eat foods and use a food thermometer to make sure meats are cooked to an appropriate temperature.
  • Make sure your grill is at least 5 feet away from your house in a well-ventilated area. Putting your grill in a low traffic area can also reduce the likelihood of any injuries.
  • Keep your grill clean. After several uses your grill can build up grease and food particles that can lead to fire. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended and use long handled utensils to avoid burns.
  • Also pay attention to how long food has been sitting out. Cooked food sitting at room temperature is in what the USDA calls the "Danger Zone," which is between 40°F and 140°F. In this range, bacteria grows rapidly and the food can become unsafe to eat, so it should only be left out no more than two hours.

Water

  • Always swim with a buddy. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Boating fatalities most often occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination. It also affects swimming and diving skills and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
  • Be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.

Sun

  • Use sunscreen and check the labels - make sure your sunscreen has broad spectrum protection. This means you will be protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Also look for coverage that is water resistant. 
  • Wear a hat - a hat with a brim of at least 2 to 3 inches can protect your ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp. 
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays - Research has shown that long hours in the sun without protecting your eyes increase your chances of developing certain eye diseases.

 

To learn more about summer safety make an appointment at Rodgers Health by calling 816-307-0152 or request an appointment online!