On Memorial Day, we take time to remember our country's fallen military heroes. Many Americans also use Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to spend time with friends and loved ones, and take part in classic, warm-weather activities. Even though it's not the official start of summer, many consider Memorial Day the kickoff with pools and amusement parks open for business.
Many of the activities that usually accompany this long weekend come with added safety risks. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, which puts drivers at risk for car accidents. Outdoor cookouts and newly-open pools come with their own set of safety concerns. And with boating and bicycling seasons kicking into high gear—opportunities for injury abound.
No one's weekend plans include a trip to the ER, so be on the lookout at your cookout to prevent accidents this weekend. Keep an eye out for these potential safety hazards so you can have the safest and most fun Memorial Day weekend ever.
Traffic volume increases substantially over this holiday weekend due to those driving to visit friends and family. Whenever the number of cars on roadways increases, so do accidents. Review these 6 Dangerous Things You Do on Road Trips for tips on how to stay safe.
Drinking and driving also contributes to car accidents this time of year. Statistics show that alcohol-related crashes increase on long holiday weekends like Memorial Day weekend. If you plan to include alcohol as part of your festivities, please celebrate responsibly. Sign our Safe Driving pledge, and set a good example by promising to not drink and drive.
Thousands of people and organizations open up their pools as part of their Memorial Day weekend celebrations. It's easy to forget common safety procedures over the long winter, and this could lead to accidents.
First, do a safety check of your pool and the surrounding area:
Second, share pool rules with everyone before they swim—whether in your backyard pool or at the community pool.
Cookouts and picnics are a breeding ground for bacteria and foodborne illnesses. However, you can help prevent food poisoning by being prepared.
If you're spending Memorial Day weekend on a boat, canoe, or jet ski make sure you review these safety tips first:
Learn even more with our Best Boating Safety Tips.
Memorial Day weekend's warm weather is the perfect invitation to hop back on your bicycle for a ride. Make safety a priority by checking out these 8 Ways to Spring Back into Bicycle Season.
Our Bicycle Safety Resource Center is designed to help you understand Pennsylvania's Bicycle Safety Law, protect your legal rights, and get all of the safety information you need:
Holidays are about enjoying time with friends and family—unfortunately, they are sometimes interrupted by accidents that aren't your fault. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates for help. You may have a case.