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Safety Topic - Memorial Day Safety
5/27/2016 11:25:07 AM

Memorial Day weekend is here and many people will be enjoying a long weekend with family and friends. While enjoying time with those we love, it is important to remember the reason for the holiday. Mason Construction, Ltd. honors those who died in active military service and remember the sacrifice they and their families made.

During Memorial Day celebrations remember some safety tips to ensure everyone has a wonderful weekend. After Fourth of July, Memorial Day is the next most popular holiday in America to light up the grill and spend time with family. Moreover, many people are driving on the roads. We focus on those types of safety tips below:

Grilling Safety

When you start getting the grill ready for use, remember to keep you and your family safe. The National Fire Protection Association offers the following general guidelines:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  •  Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Driving Safety

According to the American Red Cross:

With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.

Other tips for a safe trip include:

  1. Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  2. Use caution in work zones. There are a lot of construction projects underway on the highways.
  3. Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
  4. Make frequent stops.
  5. Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  6. Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
  7. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  8. Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
  9. Carry aDisaster Supplies Kitin your trunk.
  10. Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.


Resources:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling/grilling-safety-tips

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Offers-Memorial-Day-Weekend-Travel-Safety-Tips

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