As we kick off the summer season we all want to have fun. Having fun of course also means staying safe, using good judgement, and taking precautions that will keep you out of the emergency room this weekend.
Here are four easy tips that you and your family should follow to stay safe and healthy while having fun:
Tip 1: Food Safety — To avoid food poisoning, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recommends cooking fresh poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef to at least 145 degrees. Refrigerate all perishable food within 2 hours; 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90 degrees. To guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away from other foods.
Tip 2: Water Safety —In Texas, Memorial Day weekend can get hot and we head straight to a local swimming pool. Prevent drowning by avoiding alcohol when swimming or boating. Wear a life jacket whenever you are on a boat. Don’t swim alone or in bad weather. Make sure young children are always supervised when near the beach, on a boat, or by a pool or hot tub. Learn to swim and teach your children to swim.
Tip 3: Sun Safety — Protect against sunburn and heat stroke. Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 35 or higher and apply it generously throughout the day. Wear a hat outdoors and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Drink plenty of water, especially when in the sun or if you are sweating heavily. If you feel faint or nauseous, get out of the sun and into a cool place immediately.
Tip 4: Travel Safety — Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone who has been drinking. Always wear your seat belt. Make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and is in good working order before a long road trip. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings if you are in a new place and know where the nearest emergency exit is.
Let’s start the summer season off right by using common sense this weekend. Be aware of your limits and stay safe, and of course, have a great Memorial Day Holiday!