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Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off for the summer season, brings with it lots of fun activities enjoyed with friends and family. Whether you are hitting the highway, the pool, or the backyard barbecue, a few friendly safety reminders will keep you and your loved ones safe all summer.
Millions of Americans will take a road trip this Memorial Day. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure you reach your destination safely. Before you leave the driveway, make sure your car has been properly serviced. Check all fluids, windshield wipers, brakes, and tires. Plan your trip well before you leave. Become familiar with the major highways and exits you will be taking so there will not be any dangerous last-second lane changes.
If you are heading off to a remote area, make sure you have plenty of gas to go the distance. Map out nearby gas stations along the way. Check for any detours or delays that may affect your route. Finally, always keep a safety kit in your vehicle at all times in the event of a breakdown. Include flares, blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable snacks, and water.
People across the country will open their pools this Memorial Day. Drowning is the leading cause of wrongful death for children ages 1 – 4. Whether at a public or private pool, always make sure a capable swimmer is supervising children at all times. Children should never be left alone in or near water, including shallow pools designed for babies. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.
Guests should never run around the pool. Slip and fall accidents on wet or slippery surfaces can lead to serious injuries including broken bones and concussions. Pools should be fenced in with self-latching gates. Pool alarms are also recommended to alert homeowners should a person or animal fall in. Life rings or reaching poles should be stationed nearby at all times. Finally, everyone spending time near the pool this summer should know how to perform CPR on adults and children.
Before you cook the first hamburger of the summer season, make sure your grill is safe and ready to operate. Remove any built-up food or grease. Check the fuel lines for wear and tear. Fire pits are quickly becoming a backyard staple these days and many of the same safety tips apply.
Adults need to stay alert, keeping children and animals away from the flames so as to avoid burn injuries. Keep flammable objects including paper goods, clothing, and toys away from the grill and fire pit. Position grills and fire pits a safe distance away from buildings and trees. Assign one person to oversee the fire, ensuring the kids and animals are at a safe distance at all times. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
Summer is the time for making memories at the pool, the beach, and the baseball field, but accidents still happen. If you have been injured by another person’s negligence or careless act, a Cherry Hill personal injury lawyer at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. can help. Our South Jersey personal injury lawyers can prove your case so you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the Cherry Hill, New Jersey office of Folkman Law at 856-354-9444 or contact us online today. We also have locations in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania to serve you.