Memorial day holiday dangers

Memorial Day grilling
Posted at 9:47 AM, May 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-25 09:47:00-04

It's the unofficial kick-off to the summer season,

Millions in the U.S. spend time with friends and family partaking in food and activities that are not a part of their normal every day routine.

Some of this behavior may result in a trip to the emergency room.

Sunburns are cause for concern, especially on the Suncoast.

One way to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun is to apply, and reapply sunscreen.

But, then there are the other types of burns. The kind you get from grilling.

The National Fire Protection Association General offers some basic grilling tips on their website which include, propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. And, never leave your grill unattended.

Keeping your grill clean and checking it before firing it up, will help prevent an unnecessary ignition and, children and pets should be kept several feet away from the grill.

Food poisoning is another cause for concern.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) more than 45 million Americans become sick each year with food poisoning.

A food thermometer can help insure your food is within the safety zone for consumption.

Bacteria ideally grows between 40 and 140 degrees, which is why the USDA calls it the "danger zone." Keeping hot foods hot, and cold foods cold will help insure they are safe to eat.

The road is another danger zone.

Be aware of other drivers on roads that are more crowded than usual. If you have a drink or two, appoint a designated driver.

While Suncoast waters are inviting, observe riptide warnings, watch out for sharks in the unseasonably warm waters and don't drink if you are sailing.

By taking some simple precautions, you can both enjoy time with friends and family.

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