Memorial Day Safety
With Memorial Day fast approaching, you are likely scrambling to make sure that your home is ready for guests and festivities. The guest list is complete and the pantry is stocked but there is still one thing to keep in mind before you’re ready to party: safety.
Creating a safe environment for your party will simply make your party better! Fewer worries means that you can relax and enjoy time with friends and family. Below is an easy to follow checklist of a few common safety concerns:
- Grilling is a popular Memorial Day pastime. While getting the coals going may seem like your biggest challenge, there are a few other things to keep in mind. Avoid placing grills on inflammable surfaces. Even decks, particularly those that are painted or varnished, can pose a fire hazard when sparks and embers escape. At least one person should monitor the grill at all times and dispose of used coals properly.
- When the sun sets, families often head out to local fairgrounds for fireworks. If you’ll continue the party at home, check local fire ordinances before using flares, sparklers, or fireworks. When conditions are dry, even the smallest spark can lead to danger.
- To prepare your food safely, avoid cross-contamination. Use a separate cutting board for raw meats, fruits and vegetables especially if the fruits and vegetables will not be cooked.
- Also be mindful of food allergies. Use a separate cutting board, utensils, and cookware when preparing items for those who suffer from severe allergic reactions.
- Many kids love splashing and swimming in the water during Memorial Day celebrations. Unsupervised play is the leading cause of water-related injuries and fatalities amongst children. Ensure that there is at least one adult chaperone with children at all times and, at best, that a life guard is present.
Enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.