Ready for Memorial Day Weekend? Check Out These Tips from Paul Davis

The last Monday of May is next week, which is when we commemorate the troops who served in the United States armed forces and gave their lives for our freedom. On the one hand, Memorial Day is a commemorative holiday when we give appreciation for our military, but it is also an opportunity to celebrate this country, the men and women currently serving, as well as a time to enjoy a day off work with family/friends.
Many Memorial Day celebrations involve outdoor activities, great food and warm weather. While you’re enjoying all that the holiday offers, remember the following safety tips to keep your loved ones free from danger while getting ready for the festivities.

Grilling

• Place the grill away from the side of the house
• Check the gas hose to ensure no breaks
• Clean all grease buildup from the grill
• Keep a non-expired fire extinguisher close-by
• Ask an adult to supervise at all times

Fire Pit

• Your fire pit should be located a safe distance away from the house
• Throw sand on the fire to extinguish it completely
• Coals should cool completely before disposing

Air Conditioning

• Change filters regularly
• Check plugs and wiring for electrical malfunctions
• Schedule A/C maintenance once a year

Cooking

• Place flammable material away from the stove top (oven mitts, plastic, towels)
• Enforce a “kid-free zone” in the kitchen
• Stay in the kitchen while cooking

Garden Hose

• With the exception of a label on your hose that says “drinking water safe,” do not drink from it
o Many water hoses contain harmful substance
• Before using, let the water run for a few seconds to flush out any sitting H2O
• If you need a new hose, try a rubber hose that does not use harmful plastic

Fireworks

• Check with your local police department to make sure fireworks are legal in your area
• Do not let children play with fireworks
o Even sparklers can increase to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit! *kidshealth.org
• Place a bucket of water or hose nearby for precautionary reasons
• Point fireworks away from homes and flammable material
We hope these few tips will help keep your loved ones safe during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. Please remember that if you experience any property damage to Call Paul! We’re available 24/7 to assist with property destruction caused by fire, water, mold or wind.
-Your friends at Paul Davis