Plan for Safety this Memorial Day

May 26, 2017
Plan for Safety this Memorial Day
“This Memorial Day we pause to honor our brave military heroes who sacraficed for our freedoms,” said Dale Lane, Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director. “Whether enjoying outdoor events or traveling, we wish everyone a safe weekend.”
Safety in Public Places:
 Take responsibility for your safety.
 Be aware of your surroundings.
 Identify exits as you enter a crowded space.
 Establish an escape plan.
 Program emergency numbers into cell phones. Learn to text!.
 Review the “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter” video.
 Report suspicous behavior. If you see something, say something!
Travel Safety:
 Service vehicles. Check tires, fluids, lights, wipers, and battery. Have a full gas tank.
 Plan your route. Check TDOT for road closures and detours.
 Have an auto “go kit” to include flashlight, batteries, NOAA radio, bottled water, non-perishable food, first-aid kit, cell phone and charger.
 Anticipate delays and restrictions.
 Check the forecast. Upload the READYTN mobile app.
 Do not drink and drive.
 Avoid texting while driving.
 Let others know your route and estimated time of arrival.
Water Safety:
 Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.
 Ensure children are supervised closely.
 Swim and boat in designated areas only.
 Never swim or boat alone.
 Observe lifejacket regulations when boating.
Outdoor Cooking Safety:
 Inspect fuel lines and clean grills before use.
 Do not grill in an enclosed area.
 Keep grills 15 feet away from your house or any combustibles.
 Never leave grills unattended.
 Create a “kid and pet free” zone of at least 3 feet around the grill.
 Have an ABC fire extinguisher nearby. Teach family to “STOP, DROP and ROLL.”
Sun / Heat Safety:
 Limit time outdoors. Seek air conditioned areas.
 Drink water to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
 Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat. Apply sunscreen.
 Never leave children alone in a car.
 Learn heat illness signs. Seek medical attention if you experience: excessive fatigue,
nausea, muscle cramps, confusion, drenching sweats, slow heartbeat, and dizziness.
Pet Safety:
 Ensure pets have an up-to-date ID (tag or microchip) and are on a leash in public.
 Never leave pets alone in a car.
 Make sure pets have access to fresh water and shade.
ReadyTN mobile app:
Department of Homeland Security:
Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event video:
Tennessee Department of Transportation: