11 Summer Safety Tips

From spoiled food to buggy backyards, a little planning will keep your holiday weekend problem-free.


6. Off-Road Wrecks

The problem: Uncle Joe just mangled Granddad's lawn chair with his ATV.

Solve it: In addition to being bad for road vehicles, Memorial Day is one of the deadliest for all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) riders, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. ATV use is rising in middle-aged and older adults, studies show, so if need be, send Uncle Joe for an ATV riding course over the weekend, and make sure he's riding a vehicle appropriate for his size, as well as a helmet.
Boats may be more your speed, and why not? Kayaking, canoeing, and sculling are great forms of exercise. If water-based activities are on the schedule this weekend, keep in mind that the week ending with Memorial Day Weekend is celebrated each year as National Safe Boating Week. Take some time to check that your life jackets are in good condition and that neither you nor your children have outgrown them, and save the alcohol for a post-boating celebration.