With Holiday Cheer in the Air, Steer Safe this Memorial-Day

With Holiday Cheer in the Air, Steer Safe this Memorial-Day

As America gears up to welcome the lovely summer, celebrating the Memorial-Day holiday this weekend, the experts have a piece of advice to make your summer end with good memories. This Memorial Day, make merry with friends and family but eat healthy and ride safe.

Remember, your grills and barbecues demand care and attention. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 48 million Americans get sick due to food poisoning. Also, spoiled food can lead to nausea, fever, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Marianne Graveley, Specialist, US Department of Agriculture recommends the use of a meat thermometer to ensure proper grilling as colour is often deceptive. He explains that there can be instances when ground beef and meet that looks pink still could be well done and meat that looks brown may need additional heat.

Graveley suggests keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold as temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees are termed as danger zone by USDA in which the bacteria can grow. Further, the grill needs to be cleaned thoroughly and the children have to be kept away at a safe distance of at least 3 foot from the grill.

It’s equally important to drive vigilantly as the AAA expects that over 33 million Americans will be taking to the roads this summer. More traffic means more accidents, and this is every reason for you to be more cautious.

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates about 382 fatalities and nearly 41,000 injuries in traffic accidents this Memorial weekend alone and is therefore concerned that more cars on the roads during the Memorial Day weekend could be deadly for the travellers.

The NSC CEO stated that these estimates are issued so that drivers remain alert to prevent the unnecessary mishaps that reckless driving could cause.

So, take those little precautions and indulge safely in the holiday frolic!

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