Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer kick-off with backyard BBQs, picnics and road trips. These activities are a great way to spend the long weekend, but small oversights can lead to safety risks. The American Safety Council has put together a list of simple steps to take to make sure you have a fun & safe holiday!

Grilling & Fire Safety

It is very important that a lit or hot grill is never left unattended; a responsible adult should stand guard as “grillmaster” to control flames and keep children and animals away from hot surfaces. Before your first grill of the year and often during grilling season, make sure your grill ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines, and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways.

Picnic Food Safety

Proper food safety during barbecues can help to avoid troubles later. Make sure to take safe food preparation precautions and avoid cross-contamination with plenty of hand washing. Take steps to keep foods at safe temperatures; cold foods should be kept on ice or refrigerated and left out no longer than an hour, and warm foods should be kept heated to at least 140°F until served. Keep all outdoor buffet dishes covered and try to keep insects away.

Summer Sun Safety

If you spend time in the sun, be sun safe! Use sunscreen of an appropriate SPF and make sure to reapply as necessary, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to keep cool. And don’t forget your eyes – wear a hat and sunglasses!

Travel Safety

Tens of millions of Americans travel during Memorial Day Weekend, so it is especially important to include safety into your weekend travel plans. Prepare your car for road trips by making sure your car is in top working condition. Plan your drive ahead of time to choose direct routes on safe roads and keep an eye on weather forecasts to avoid driving with dangerous conditions. And of course, always wear your safety belt!

Recipes for the Holiday Weekend

Grilling for the holiday? Check out the delicious and healthy recipes from below!

California Grilled Chicken

Chicken, tomatoes & corn foil pack

Grilled asparagus

Pesto shrimp skewers

Grilled steak & potato salad


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