During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the American Red Cross encourages you to use the following tips while on the road to ensure a safe holiday for all.
• Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired.
• Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
• Use caution in work zones.
• Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
• Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination.
• Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
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So you’re itching to take the boat out for a spin of the first official weekend of summer. Or maybe your pals have invited you – the landlubber — for a weekend on the water. It’s all harmless fun, right? Fun, certainly. But think before you play.
Whatever the activity, observe these three cardinal rules:
• Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
• Know local weather conditions. Make sure the water and weather conditions are safe. Because water conducts electricity, it is wise to stop swimming, boating or any activities on the water as soon as you see or hear a storm. Also, heavy rains can make certain areas dangerous.
• Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim, period.
Additionally, remember that alcohol and boating don’t mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination.
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Warm weather means it’s time to head outside and cook up a great meal on the grill. This fun seasonal ritual has a flip side, though—namely, an onset of injuries and home fires due to careless cooking practices. Here are some tips you can follow to stay safe while enjoying those tasty treats at your cookout.
• Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone (including pets) stays away from the grill.
• Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. Hot grease or ashes could spill from the grill onto the wooden deck or into dry leaves or grass.
For more grill safety tips, please click here.: http://www.redcrossillinois.org/grill-safety