In the US, we like to think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. It’s a big travel weekend as we head for a beach, lake, or mountain – really anywhere we can spend the weekend in the sun.

As you plan your holiday activities, always remember to keep safety top of mind. Grilling on the deck with family and friends is great fun, but more people in close quarters means more potential hazards. Leaving your home unattended for several days could bring an unpleasant surprise or two. With that in mind, we share these Memorial Day safety tips.

Grilling Safety

It’s also an American tradition to fire up the grill, maybe for the first time of the season. And of course, anywhere there’s fire, there’s potential danger. Before you get started, remember these safety tips.

  • Never leave a grill unattended. Always have a responsible adult stand watch
  • Before you light the fire make sure the cooking grate and other surfaces are clean of grease and other debris that could ignite
  • Keep children and pets away from hot surfaces
  • Be sure the grill is away from walls, awnings, and other structures that could catch fire
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby

Water Damage Prevention

We get calls for help all the time from folks who went out of town for several days and returned to find a water line had broken (think toilet overflowed, dishwasher or washing machine leaked) and water was standing 2 inches deep everywhere. If you’re traveling this 3-day weekend, consider going to your main water shutoff valve and turning off the water. Even if a water line does happen to break while your gone, you’ll minimize the damage by preventing a continuous flow.

 

And if you’ll be on the road, check out these travel safety tips from the American Red Cross.

 

We sincerely hope you don’t experience fire damage or water damage, but if it happens we’ll be here to help even if it’s at 2 am on Memorial Day. Our emergency response team is on standby 24/7/365. We’ll respond quickly to provide fire damage repair, water extraction, and water damage repair. Simply call us at 800-277-4787 or click Request Service.

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