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Prepared For Memorial Day? Take a Peek at these Safety Tips from Paul Davis


memorialdayThe last Monday of May is next week, which is when we pay tribute to the soldiers who served in the United States armed forces and gave their lives for this great nation. On the one hand, Memorial Day is a commemorative occasion when we give thanks for our freedom and the bravery of fallen soldiers, but it is also an opportunity to celebrate the men and women currently serving in the military, as well as a time to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

Many Memorial Day celebrations involve outdoor activities, yummy food and warmer weather. While you’re enjoying all the holiday has to offer, remember the following safety tips to keep your loved ones free from danger while preparing for the festivities.

OUTDOORS

Grilling

  • Move the grill away from siding and overhangs of the house (at least 10ft from a building)
  • Inspect the gas hose to ensure no leaks or breaks
  • Clean all grease buildup from the grill
  • Avoid loose fitting clothes that easily catch fire
  • Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby
  • Make sure an adult is supervising at all times

Fire Pits

  • Fire pit should be located a safe distance away from the house
  • Throw sand on the fire to extinguish it completely
  • Do not dispose of coals until they have cooled completely

Garden Hose

  • Unless the label on your hose says “drinking water safe,” do not drink from it or fill your pets water bowls
    • Most water hoses contain harmful, toxic plastic
  • Before use, let the water run for a few seconds to flush out any sitting water
  • If you need a new hose, try a natural hose made from rubber that do not use plasticizers

Fireworks

  • Check with your local police dept. to make sure fireworks are legal in your area
  • Do not let children play with fireworks
    • Even sparklers reach 1800 degrees
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby
  • Point fireworks away from homes and flammable material

INDOORS

Cooking

  • Move 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

Air Conditioning

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

We hope these few tips will help keep you and yours 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 building destruction caused by fire, water, mold or storms.

-From your friends at Paul Davis

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