Monday is expected to involve millions of Americans celebrating, grilling and travelling, but as we welcome the summer season, take the time to think safety before anything else.
Spending time with friends and family on Memorial Day is something that countless US residents have been looking forward to. But CDC statistics reveal that this is also when the rates of injuries skyrocket. So stay safe on your long weekend by taking some much-needed precautions.
Barbecues are a favorite American past-time but be sure to cook your meat properly so that you and your family don’t get food poisoning. Ensure that your steaks and burgers are properly heated. It’s best to use meat thermometers as they are the only instruments capable of correctly determining whether meat has been correctly cooked.
If you plan to visit your loved ones over the weekend or wish to visit the great outdoors, think of the increase in traffic and consider using public means of transportation. AAA forecasts have 33 million Americans on the roads this weekend and an increase in traffic almost always correlates with an increase in accidents.
“Sadly, we know this long holiday weekend will end with too many preventable deaths and injuries,” NSC president Deborah Hersman explains.
Insect allergies and animal bites are also a thing to consider. According to estimates made public by the American College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology, over 2 million Americans have allergies to at least one type of insect sting. But such allergies also carry the risk of anaphylaxis and such reactions can be fatal.
Yearly, half a million Americans are hospitalized after allergic reactions to insect bites.
Make sure that you have your epinephrine pen on you at all times if you’re allergic, because having it in your medicine cabinet won’t do you any good.
There are also other insects that aren’t as easily spotted. Ticks, for instance, are one representative. Enjoying the great outdoors also means that you put yourself at risk of being bitten by these pesky insects, but even then, quickly checking yourself and loved ones (including pets) for ticks may keep you safe.
Another danger lies with the beginning of swimming season. Children should be under constant parental supervision even in kiddie pools or buckets because for infants and toddlers, as much as a few inches of water can prove deadly.
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