The unofficial start of the grilling and swimming season is finally here. Let the fun begin this Memorial Day Weekend!
State Farm wants your family to enjoy those tasty burgers and hot dogs while keeping an eye on the young ones at the swimming pool or the beach. Here are 3 quick tips to keep you and your family safe.
Grill in well-ventilated areas: Never grill inside a home, tent, vehicle or camper. Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for more than 50,000 emergency room visits causing more than 400 deaths according to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Clean your grill: Clean grates and grease pans to prevent flare-ups. Stuck on char can increase your risk of cancer if consumed.
Create a safe zone: Keep children, pets and play areas away from grills. Children under the age of 5 account for 37% of emergency room visits for contact burns. Grill at least 10 ft. way from building and never leave a grill unattended.
General Water Safety Tips:
Children should always be supervised: Whether you’re in the backyard, a public pool, or at the beach, make sure there is a responsible, designated person to watch the water when children are swimming. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1-14 years.
Enter the water feet-first: Serious injuries, including paralysis, can occur from diving head first into unknown water and hitting the bottom. Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.
Test the water temperature before you get in: Jumping into cold water can shock your body and elevate your heart rate and blood pressure, and also slow your muscles, making it difficult to swim.