A safe Memorial Day is a Happy Memorial Day

It is the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend and many people will be hitting the roads, pools and decks for the holiday.  The American Red Cross offers some tips to keep in mind that will help make certain the holiday does not turn into tragedy.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times for traffic on the nation's interstates.  The Red Cross recommends that you get a good night's sleep before heading out on a long trip.  Two other tips could get you a ticket in West Virginia due to recent laws.  Those include buckling up and using a cell phone while driving.   Of course, if your holiday plans include alcohol, the Red Cross recommends having a designated driver.

This is the weekend that swimming pools and swimming areas at local lakes open around the area.  According to the Red Cross - learning to swim is one of the best steps a person can take to be safe around water.  Other tips offered by the organization include swimming in designated area that are supervised by lifeguards and use the buddy system when you go swimming.

It should go without saying to never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child's life to another child.  Also avoid distractions when supervising children around water. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

Finally, before you fire up the grill - it's important to take some precautions.  First, never grill indoors including a camper or tent. If you are the grillmaster - keep yourself safe by using long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

For more holiday safety tips check out the American Red Cross web site.

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