The Memorial Day holiday weekend is the unofficial start to the summer season accompanied by some fun and festive activities!

Whether you are planning to grill a burger or two and camp in front of your television for a sitcom marathon, hit the beach with the family or simply relax in a hammock while you opt to exclude the rest of the world, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to safety.

Check out these safety tips for that perfect Memorial Day holiday weekend!

1. Be sure meats are properly refrigerated before you cook and consume them. Your ground round for those perfect burgers should not be left out in the hot sun. Your meats should be properly cooled before cooked.

2. Speaking of cooking, take the time to cook your meats thoroughly. I found this out the hard way when I bought a grill. I was so excited to have my new grill that I only “slapped my steak” on there for seconds… you cannot cook a steak in a matter of seconds… I’m just saying.

3. If you make a food that requires refrigeration afterward, then be sure to refrigerate it. Potato salad, cole slaw and deviled eggs all need to be in the fridge if they are not being consumed. If they are eaten warm, then that “rumble in the jungle” will take place in your stomach and you will be in serious trouble.

1. OK… so here is my first tip: If you have no idea how to grill food and you are an expert at just eating grilled food, please leave grilling to someone who knows how to grill.

2. When you use your grill, make sure you use a grill brush to clean it thoroughly. Older “grill debris” on it can really make for a mess as well as a fire hazard.

3. Finally, please make sure you are using your grill in an open area. Be as far away from folks, other non grilled food and structures as you can.

(Photo Credit: Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)

1. I will be the first to admit… I have already purchased my “spirits” for the weekend. However, I do not plan on operating my paddle boat with cocktail in hand. Please… if you are going to operate a watercraft this weekend, leave the alcohol at home. Enjoy your “buzz” on dry land and in the safety of a structure.

2. Wear a life jacket. Sure you cannot see that sexy two-piece, but I would rather have your gorgeous eyes on my blogs next week as opposed to you being in a hospital room.

3. If you have no idea what you are doing when it comes to steering a boat or maneuvering a watercraft, please ask for help.

4. Never, Never, ever go swimming alone, especially in the dark.

1. Leave it to me to fight the signs of aging. In my “arsenal of age-fighting tools”, I have SPF 50. I use it on my face and body. You should use SPF on your gorgeous body too. I am waiting for the day that they make SPF 200. There’s a real market for such!

2. Drink lots of water alongside that alcoholic beverage. I like to alternate between a glass of wine or a cocktail and a cup of water. Being in the hot sun and being involved in activities can dehydrate you. So reach for water and then that beverage of choice.

1. OK… so drinking and driving… it is a HUGE NO! I would imagine that where you live, police will have more of a presence this weekend and they are looking for those drivers that are on the roads who are drinking and driving. Enjoy that alcohol, but PLEASE… DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

2. Wear that seat belt! Sure you may be sober but you have to be on the lookout for others. Do you need another reason to wear your seat belt? OK, it’s the law. Boom.

3. Here is a great tip I learned from my friend with the three kids: Know where your nearest emergency room is. You may not need it, but just in case you do, it is there and you know the route to get there.

Do you have additional tips that you use to stay safe during Memorial Day Weekend? Share them and enjoy related video below:


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