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Grilling

OKLAHOMA CITY – Many people will be celebrating the end of summer this weekend but there are a few things families should be aware of to make the holiday safe and enjoyable.

When traveling, experts suggest families do the following:

  • Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
  • Buckle up and observe speed limits.

When swimming, families should do the following:

  • Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
  • Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.
  • Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

 If you are grilling outside, experts say you should:

  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.