Memorial Day – Stay Safe and Have Fun!

Jun 5


Chuck Wasson

Chuck Wasson

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Memorial Day is approaching rapidly and for many of us that means the official start of summer. Summer means vacations, holidays, road trips, boating, pool parties, family gatherings and all of the fun things that go with them.


But,Memorial Day – Stay Safe and Have Fun! Articles the summer season also comes with added risks. Following a few simple tips and pieces of advice can make the difference between a fun and safe Memorial Day (and summer season) and one darkened by an accident or tragedy.

Following are some safety guidelines. Most likely you’ve heard all of them before, but it never hurts to re-visit these safety tips.

DrivingMemorial Day and the summer season is full of short trips and full-fledged vacations that include driving part, if not all of the way, to your destination.

  • Make sure you and your passengers use their seat belts at all times
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windshield for better vision, especially at night
  • Leave ample room between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Avoid distractions like cell phones
  • Don’t drink and drive

BoatingEvery year countless people are injured and property damage costs rise into the millions. These accidents could have easily been prevented.

  • Make sure your boat or vessel passes a safety check. Vessel checks are usually free from your local Coast Guard or Police
  • Most accidents are operator errors – take a boating refresher course
  • Make sure you and your passengers wear life vests/jackets
  • Let someone on land know your boating plans - include where you are going, what time you are leaving and when you expect to return

Pools, Lakes, Beaches

  • Swim only in designated areas
  • Never swim alone
  • Stay within reach of young children
  • Keep life jackets, a first aid kit and a phone nearby

 Sun Safety

  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Use sunscreen and reapply throughout the day


  • Keep pets and children away from the grill
  • Keep the grill a safe distance from the house, deck, tree branches or anything else that can catch fire
  • Use long-handled utensils
  • Don’t grill indoors
  • Make sure foods are cooked thoroughly and refrigerate all perishable foods within two hours

Summer WeatherNever take a chance with lightning. It can strike up to 10 miles from the rainstorm. If you hear thunder, take cover in an enclosed building that has wiring and plumbing as they will direct the lightning bolt to the ground if hit. If no buildings are available, a hard topped car is the next best option. Close the doors and windows and keep your hands off of any metal surfaces.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and plan to have a safe and fun-filled summer! Don’t hesitate to contact your independent insurance agent for more tips and suggestions.

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