It’s the unofficial kickoff weekend for summer, and we all enjoy the party atmosphere. If you are planning to travel, spend the weekend sunning on the beach, or holding a backyard barbecue party, 24Hr Lockouts offers you these tips to help keep you safe this Memorial Day.
Travel Safety for Memorial Day Weekend
Millions of Americans travel out of town for the long Memorial Day weekend, so it is especially crucial to include safety in your travel plans. Prepare your car for a long road trip by ensuring that it is in top condition: check oil and tire pressure, fill up the gas tank, refill the windshield wiper. If your car is overdue for an oil change or tune-up, take care of that. Equip your car with emergency essentials. Plan your travel routes ahead of time, and double check weather forecasts to avoid any potential extreme weather.
Now is also the time to enter the 24Hr Lockouts toll free phone number into your smart phone contacts. Should you get locked out of your car while on the road, you will be glad you did.
Grilling and Barbecue Safety
Grills, barbecues, and smokers create a sumptuous spread, but they also have the potential for danger. Never leave a hot grill unattended, and a responsible adult should always assume the role of “grill master” to control flames and keep kids and pets away from hot surfaces. Prior to your first barbecue of the summer season, and several times during the season, ensure that your grill is prepped. Clean it of grease, double check propane fuel lines, and locate the grill away from trees, structures, and high-traffic paths. To be prepared in case of a fire or flare up, keep a fire extinguisher nearby as well as a large box of baking soda, which can also be used to quickly put out a grease fire.
Picnic Food Safety
Following some simple food safety tips during picnics and barbecues can prevent problems later. Ensure that all people handling the food wash their hands frequently to avoid cross contamination. Keep hand sanitizer on hand. Keeping food at safe temperatures is also critical to avoiding problems. Cold foods need to be iced or refrigerated, and they should not be left out for more than an hour. Warm foods should be kept warm to at least 140°F until serving.
Safety in the Summer Sun
If you plan to tan, whether at the beach or poolside, use plenty of sunscreen with an adequate SPF and reapply according to the instructions, especially after a dunk in ocean or pool. Stay hydrated with plenty of water, and treat your eyes with care by wearing good sunglasses.
24Hr Lockouts wishes you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!