Safety Guidelines for Your Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Picnic

The sun is shining, your bags are packed, and you’ve only got one more work day until your Memorial Day weekend! Whether you’re going to the beach, the springs, or just having a cookout at home by the pool, here are some safety guidelines to remember to prevent any negativity during your weekend of friends and fun.

1. Make sure your dog is taken care of.

I know this sounds silly because your dog is probably going to have a great time swimming with you and begging for hotdogs, but it is important to keep him in mind when you get distracted with Memorial Day activities.

There can be a lot of scary noises that he isn’t used to on Memorial Day like fireworks, loud music, new people yelling, etc. If you plan on drinking alcohol and probably won’t be paying attention to him at all times, it’s best to keep your dog inside in a safe, quiet space so that he doesn’t get spooked and feel the need to escape.

If you plan to keep an eye on him and want to leave him outside, make sure to put a Scout GPS Tracker on his collar so you can track him from your smartphone if he does decide to wander off.

2. Take care of yourself while you’re out in the sunshine.

Even though this is a no-brainer, it’s pretty easy to forget when you’re swimming in the ocean all day or are surrounded with your favorite people. However, it’s vital that you not only wear sunscreen to protect your skin, but also continuously drink water so that you don’t get hydrated.

Memorial Day Weekend

3. Set zones for your kids’ Scouts on your Find My Scout smartphone app.

An easy way to keep track of your kids’ location is with Scout. Make sure to set zones for the location that you are in in order to stay on top of where your kids are at all times. You can set a zone anywhere on the map, and you will get a notification on your smartphone and Apple Watch when your children leave the set zone.

Scout Zones

4. Remember your fire safety.

Memorial Day usually calls for bonfires, sparklers, fireworks, or even just fires on the grill. Keep a fire extinguisher near you at all times, and make sure to teach your kids ahead of time about the dangers of getting too close to a fire. If you are setting off fireworks, make sure that you thoroughly read the instructions on the package and keep a safe distance from the firework after you have set it off.

It is also important to clean up any trash that you may have left behind from the fireworks packaging, food wrappers, napkins, beer cans, and plasticware. Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.


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