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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 18, 2015Monday May 25th we will be remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces with Memorial Day.

(San Diego’s East County)--Every last Monday of May, we take time off from work to reflect on the significance of this all-important celebration and enjoy many outdoor activities and events.  Make this Memorial Day memorable by following some of these safety tips:

Thoroughly clean the grill of any grease or dust, it’s likely been put away for a while.  Do not use a grill indoors, near hazardous vegetation or near any surface that can catch fire.

Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.  Wear a lifejacket whenever you are on a boat.  When near the beach, on a boat, or by a pool or hot tub.  Don’t swim alone. Make sure young children are supervised at all times

Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or higher. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Do not drink and drive and wear your seatbelt at all times. Road trip? Make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and is in good condition. Be patient with others on the road!

“Memorial Day weekend or not, it all comes down to making good sound decisions, and mostly common sense says Chief DiGiovanna.”  

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Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.