Staying safe during Memorial Day Weekend

Good Morning CT at Nine

Memorial day is of course a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. It also kicks off outdoor parties and celebrations.

Executive Director of public safety at sacred heart university and retired police chief, Gary Macnamara came to Good Morning Connecticut at 9 to talk about staying safe this holiday weekend.

Many refer to the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 101 Critical Days of summer and it’s obvious with better weather brings more outdoor activities, celebrations and barbecues so now is the time for families to assess their activities and ensure there having discussions on how to be safe this season.

Macnamara gave a few tips on driving safety:

-Don’t drive drunk

– Don’t text and drive

– Be aware it is the season of two’s.  Two wheels and two feet – more people walking, running, biking and on motorcycles. 

-Pedestrian’s should wear something visible walk against traffic

-bicyclist’s should wear helmet and ride with traffic

He also gave a few tips on staying safe while swimming in a body of water:

-Make sure you and your kids can swim

-Know the body of water and the hazards

-Never allow young children to swim without adult supervision

-Stay out of the water during thunderstorms and severe weather

-Swim where lifeguards are present

He also gave tips if you head out to the pool:

-Never allow children access to the pool without adult supervision

-Fence and lock your pool (consider installing a water surface tension alarm)

-Always test water depth before diving

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