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Memorial Day Weekend - Home Safety for a Smart Start to Summer

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As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many of us are eagerly anticipating the unofficial start of summer, especially in the North Country. It’s a time for barbecues, pool parties, and spending quality time with family and friends. However, amidst all the excitement, it’s essential not to overlook the importance of not only home safety, but safety for yourself, friends, and family. From grilling mishaps to pool accidents, Memorial Day weekend can pose various risks to your home and loved ones. Below are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable start to the summer season!


Grill Safety


Grilling is a staple during Memorial Day weekend, but it can also be a fire hazard without the proper precautions in place. Make sure your grill is placed at least ten feet away from your home along with any flammable materials. Keep children and pets away from the grill area, and never leave it unattended while in use. Additionally, keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.


Pool Safety


If you have a pool, ensure it is properly fenced off to prevent unsupervised access, especially if you're hosting guests. Designate a responsible adult to supervise children at all times when in or near the pool. Consider installing a pool alarm for an extra layer of safety, and make sure everyone knows how to swim or wears appropriate flotation devices. Pool alarms may not be a well known device, but are a good way to ensure safety when children are around. 


Sun Protection 


Warmer weather leads to spending more time outdoors which means exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. Make sure everyone applies sunscreen with a high SPF before heading outside for long periods of time, and reapply every few hours, especially if swimming. Provide shaded areas with umbrellas or canopies for guests to seek protection from the sun when needed.


Home Security


With the excitement of festivities, it’s easy to forget about home security. Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you’re not at home, and consider investing in a home security system for added peace of mind. If you’re going away for the weekend, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your property.


Alcohol Awareness 


If alcohol will be served at your gathering, make sure to do so responsibly. Encourage guests to have a designated driver or arrange alternative transportation if they’ve been drinking. Avoid overconsumption, and never drink and drive.


Emergency Preparedness


Lastly, have a plan in place for emergencies. Make sure everyone knows where the first aid kit is located and how to use it. Post emergency contact numbers in a visible area, and familiarize yourself with basic first aid procedures.


By taking these simple precautions, you can provide a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend for you and your loved ones. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in preventing accidents and establishing a smart start to the summer season. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend from all of us at Northern Insuring!



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