Fire Up the Grill: Your Guide to a Fun (and Safe) Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial kick-off to summer! The days are longer, the sun is hotter, and the smell of burgers sizzling on the grill fills the air. It’s a time for backyard cookouts, pool parties, and soaking up all the good vibes that come with warmer weather.

But before you dive headfirst into summer fun, let’s take a moment to talk safety. Because with all the excitement, it’s important to be mindful of a few things to keep your Memorial Day memorable for all the right reasons.


Grilling Savvy

  • Food Prep is Key: Keep raw meat separate from cooked food to avoid cross-contamination. Marinate beforehand in the fridge, not on the counter. And always use a food thermometer to ensure your burgers, chicken, and hot dogs reach the proper internal temperature.
  • Grill Master with Safety: Make sure your grill is clean and in good working order before firing it up. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of flare-ups, and never leave a hot grill unattended.

CDC Grill Safety Infographic


Poolside Paradise – with Caution

  • Adult Supervision: Whether it’s an inflatable kiddie pool or a backyard oasis, designate a responsible adult to keep an eye on swimmers, especially young children.
  • Safety First: Make sure your pool is properly fenced in and consider flotation devices for those who need them.

More Pool Safety Tips


Sunscreen – A Must

Don’t underestimate the sun’s power! Apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) generously and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.

More Sun Safety Tips


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Responsible Alcohol Consumption

Memorial Day often involves barbeques and beers, but remember to pace yourself. Stay hydrated with water throughout the day, and designate a sober driver if you’re planning on having alcoholic drinks.


A Moment of Remembrance

While Memorial Day weekend is a time for celebration and summer fun, it’s important to remember the true meaning of the holiday. We pause to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. military who have died serving our country. Take a moment to attend a local ceremony, visit a veteran’s memorial, or simply have a conversation with a family member who has served.

Let’s make this Memorial Day weekend a celebration of life, liberty, and the heroes who made it possible. By keeping safety top of mind, we can ensure a fun-filled and respectful holiday for everyone.

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