Memorial Day (and Summer) Safety

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo

Stay safe while enjoying your outdoor fun this summer. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Story by William Selby, Defense Media Activity

We all know that Memorial Day is a day we should honor our fallen service members who fought for our freedom. However, it also marks the unofficial kick-off to the Summer season with BBQ’s, boating and all kinds of outdoor activities we like to do when the weather is warm.

The prospect of fun in the sun is enough to lighten almost anyone’s mood but it brings more than just daydreams of good times ahead. Summer also bring the capability of increased risk for injuries and accidents during your outdoor adventures.

With this in mind, we at DoDLive thought we’d provide a list of resources and safety tips for you and your loved ones to keep you safe and happy this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the 2014 summer season.

Now lets’ play a little word association game, shall we? What is the first thing that pops in your head when you hear the words “Memorial Day?” I guarantee 90 percent of you thought, “BBQ.” There are a lot of safety tips you need to keep in mind when enjoying your holiday cookout.

Of course there are obvious ones like ‘Don’t flood the grill with lighter fluid,’ but there are also several things you need to remember about handling, thawing, preparing, marinating and cooking the food. Nobody wants to start their summer with a bad case of food poisoning.

Ok, the next word is “water.” Did anyone think, “boating?” Memorial Day weekend is normally the first big boating weekend of the season. Every year there are stories of service members who are injured or worse in a summer boating accident. Don’t let that happen to you! Follow these boating safety guidelines to stay safe on the water.

The other word associated with water could have been pool. After all, pools nationwide open Memorial Day weekend, right? Playing in the water – whether swimming, boating or diving – can be fun. It can also be dangerous, especially for children. Being safe can help prevent injuries and drowning.

Growing up, can you remember what was one of the best parts of the summer vacation? Personally, I loved the VACATION in that phrase. Like a lot of Americans, my family would travel during the summer while we were on break. If you and your family do the same, whether locally, domestically or internationally, there is always information you need to know before heading out on your trip. Here is a one-stop shop for all your travel safety tips.

Last but not least, while you are having fun this weekend, eating BBQ, hanging with friends and family or maybe just relaxing by yourself, remember to reflect on the people who made all this possible. The service members who paid the ultimate price so you and I could have our freedom.


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Memorial Day (and Summer) Safety