Memorial Day safety

While you prepare for a fun Memorial Day weekend, safety should also be on your mind.

“No matter what you’re doing just take a couple extra seconds and think is there anything else I need to do,” said Stuart Hammer with the Minot Fire Department. 

One thing that’s sure to make an appearance are grills.

“We’re always concerned about safety around grills, avoid to much foot traffic around there, especially around kids and pets-keep them away from the grill,” said Hammer. 

and be sure to place your grill in area that’s clutter free.

“Last thing we want to see as a fire department is someone get injured because they weren’t safe or someone loose their home because of an incident that they could’ve prevented if they’d follow a couple easy safety tips,” said Hammer. 

If you’re someone who wants to have a bonfire you need to think about your surroundings.

“Make sure that we’re away from combustible items and structures homes decks, trees, anything that could potentially light on fire,” said Hammer.

A good rule of thumb is to put 25 feet between those surroundings and your fire.


“Just because it’s outside, it doesn’t mean it can’t cause harm,” said Hammer. 

Another popular activity is being out on the lake. It’s important to remember that if you going to jump into the water  you should only be swimming in designated areas and there’s another set of rules if you’re on the boat.


“Always wear a life jacket having them in the boat is not good enough if you’re in an accident and your ejected from that boat it’s to late to put your life jacket preserver on,” said injury prevention specialist Laurie Ramsey. 

No matter what kind of fun you’re having a few moments to think about safety can sure you and your family stay safe this holiday. 

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