Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

Across the United States, Memorial Day weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer. Many people enjoy spending time with their loved ones, relaxing during the three-day weekend. New movies are out, the weather is warm enough to lounge by the pool, and you get an extra day to relax. However, the holiday weekend also sees an increase in accidents.

Many people believe an accident won’t happen to them. However, accidents are unpredictable and can happen to anyone. Whether you’re on the road, at the pool, or at a family cookout, accidents can still happen. By assuming an accident won’t occur and disregarding the basic safety precautions, chances of injuries skyrocket.

Drunk Driving Safety

Memorial Day is among the worst days of the year to drive in the country. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 44% of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. Many adults celebrate holidays by drinking beer and wine with friends. Some risk their lives by driving home after drinking. DUI can cause serious, sometimes fatal, car accidents.

You can avoid drinking and driving by:

  • Having a designated driver
  • Arranging for a place to stay if you don’t have a designated driver
  • Calling a cab or an Uber

Car Safety

In 2015, National Safety Council reported 46,300 car-related injuries took place over the Memorial Day weekend the previous year, with 382 deaths. Protect yourself by always making sure you are wearing a seat belt.

  • Make sure your car is properly maintained
  • Wear seat belts at all times
  • Avoid distracted driving
  • Leave earlier to avoid being stuck in traffic

Grill Safety

Barbecuing is an American pastime and a popular Memorial Day activity. However, improper uses of grills can cause painful injuries. Approximately 7,200 home fires were caused by grills from 2008 to 2012. Be extra cautious when dealing with an open flame.

  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Do not let children near an open flame
  • Clean off any excess grease
  • Do not add lighter fluid to an already lit fire

Pool Safety

Some places across America experience temperatures in the 80s during the holiday weekend. The most popular way to cool off, especially among children, is a dip in the neighborhood swimming pool. Even though swimming can be a lot of fun, accidents can still happen. Over 100 children, as young as five, have drowned during the Memorial Day Weekend.

 Below are some words of guidance to keep your youngster safe:

  • Never leave children unattended
  • Have life jackets available
  • Keep pools maintained properly
  • Have a gate surrounding your pool
  • Avoid slippery pavements
  • Do not run near the pool

Sometimes, the best safety measures are small and practical. If for whatever reason you find yourself in harm’s way this Memorial Day weekend, there’s no need to be overwhelmed. At Bergener Mirejovsky, our dedicated personal injury lawyers are here to help you get back on your feet after your accident. Call 1-800-881-2021 any hour of the day for a free review of your case.

That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.