Memorial Day 101: Everything you need to have fun, stay safe

USA Flag (Photo AP)
USA Flag (Photo AP)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Memorial Day holiday weekend is the first big charge into summer fun.

AAA says more travelers will be on the road to the tune of 1.44 million. Area law enforcement is on the record that they will be out in force looking for traffic violators including drunk drivers and people not wearing seat belts.

Many swimming pools will be opening for the season and although Storm Team 2 says temperatures may not cooperate, there are still some swimming rules to keep in mind.

The American Red Cross offers the following advice:

  • Swim in a designated area supervised by lifeguards.
  • Maintain constant supervision. Never leave a child unattended near water-not even for a minute. It takes less time than that to drown. And do not trust a child’s life to another child. Also, teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Make sure everyone in your family can swim well. Enroll them in Red Cross swim lessons.
  • Have the appropriate equipment at your pool to be able to reach or throw in case of an emergency. Have a cell phone, first aid kit and lifejacket available. Also, learn CPR and resuscitation breathing, and download the Red Cross emergency and first aid apps.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

Memorial Day is also a big time for backyard barbecues. Cooks have to take heed about food safety so that no one gets ill eating their favorite picnic fare.

Greene County Public Health offers this advice:

  • Bacteria begin to multiply between 41 degrees Fahrenheit and 135 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is important to keep food either hot or cold right up to the moment
    of cooking and/or serving.
  • Cold food should always be kept cold at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Hot food should be at 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Only place small portions of food out and replenish as needed.
  • Keep hands clean by using soap and very warm water and scrubbing for 20
    seconds. Rinse well and dry with a paper towel.
  • Use hot soapy water and a clean paper towel on tables and counters. Rinse and scrub fruits and vegetables under running water.
  • Use two separate cutting boards, one for raw meats only and a different one for fresh, washed produce. Keep utensils separate to keep germs that are naturally occurring on raw meat from getting onto the fresh, washed produce.
  • Always place cooked meat on a clean plate. Make sure cooked meat does not come into contact with raw meat juices.

There are also plenty of freebies and discounts offered for military personnel, veterans and their families and plenty of patriotic events to commemorate the day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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