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Memorial Day Safety Tips from the Red Cross

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Memorial Day is a great time to relax and enjoy yourself and the Red Cross wants you and your family

This Memorial Day, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or taking a dip in the pool or ocean, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

“Memorial Day is a great time to relax and enjoy yourself and the Red Cross wants you and your family to be safe this holiday weekend,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.



Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. 
  5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.



Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons.

  1. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  2. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  3. If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  4. Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present.
  5. Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.



Millions of people will be on the highways over the Memorial Day weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

  1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  2. Do not drink and drive.
  3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
  4. Use caution in work zones.
  5. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.



The Red Cross has a free Red Cross First Aid App to put expert advice for everyday emergencies at your fingertips.  This app is available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  For more information