Memorial Day, also known as the unofficial start of summer, takes place this year on Monday, May 31, 2021. With the first official three-day weekend since January, many people look at Memorial Day as a long-awaited opportunity to take a break from work and our crazy world to spend time relaxing with friends and family. To help make sure you and your loved ones can enjoy the holiday as much as possible, here are five helpful safety tips from the team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers:
1. BE CAREFUL OF SLIP AND FALL HAZARDS.
Slips, trips, and falls are among the most-common causes of traumatic injuries. When people are on vacation, they tend to let their guards down so they can relax and take time away from their daily life stresses. While it is important to take your mind off your stresses so you can enjoy your vacation, it is even more important to be aware of the increased slip and fall dangers that present themselves during holiday weekends like Memorial Day weekend. While it is simply not possible to be on the lookout for every possible hazard, this Memorial Day make sure to keep in mind that everything from spilled drinks to overused public restrooms can present dangers for fall-related injuries. If you are hurt in a slip and fall this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to first get any necessary medical attention, get whatever information about the location of your slip and fall, then call us so we can help you.
2. WATCH OUT FOR DRUNK DRIVERS.
While most people will enjoy this year’s Memorial Day weekend responsibly, some will inevitably make the poor decision to drink and drive. When you hit the roads on Memorial Day weekend, keep in mind the very real possibility that other drivers may be intoxicated. Make sure to take extra care to watch for signs of impairment from other drivers, such as swerving or braking and accelerating erratically, and give yourself a safe distance from any potential dangers.
3. MAKE SURE YOUR BOAT IS READY FOR THE OPEN WATER.
If you have been waiting for Memorial Day weekend to hit the water, make sure your boat is prepared and ready to go out on the water. Having your boat properly prepped and ready for the water can help avoid boating accidents. Make sure that you perform any necessary maintenance or repairs and check the forecast to ensure that you will have safe waters. Make sure that you have the equipment (and experience) necessary to handle any rough waters you may encounter on your voyage. On Memorial Day weekend, we typically see a higher-than-normal volume of water traffic, so be cautious of other boaters who may be less diligent, less experienced, or intoxicated as well.
4. CLEAN UP (AND CLEAN OUT) THE POOL.
Whether you are hosting a Memorial Day party at home, renting a beach house, or celebrating somewhere else with a pool, try to help make sure that everyone exercises appropriate pool safety. It only takes a few minutes to clean up around the pool and to remove unused floats and toys from the water, and these steps can significantly reduce the risk of slip, fall, and submersion injuries. Make sure that those who are enjoying drinks near the pool are doing so using non-glass cups and containers to avoid injuries. Slip and falls are also common near pools, so make sure that anyone using the pool is doing so safely, without running on the pool deck.
5. MOTORCYCLE RIDERS: REMEMBER ATGATT
The inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle are obvious. It is important to protect yourself as much as you can while riding a motorcycle, especially on holiday weekends like Memorial Day weekend. Make sure to remember a simple motto when riding a motorcycle: “All the gear, all the time” (ATGATT). Whether you live by this motto or occasionally ride without the full complement of safety equipment, make it a point to fully gear up before you ride this Memorial Day weekend. Yes, it may be hot and yes, your friends may be riding without helmets, but wearing full safety gear has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of injury in high-side and low-side accidents. So, remember ATGATT, it may save your life.
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.
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