Friday, May 12, 2017

7 Safety Reminders For Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is generally considered the official start to the summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our quiet, local community will be inundated with tourists as traffic picks up and the number of boats out on the water increases. This is an exciting time of year for both locals and tourists, but it can also pose several risks. This week, our general practice law firm in Osage Beach MO is here to help protect you and your family with these no-nonsense safety reminders for the holiday weekend.


1. Allow Plenty Of Travel Time.
Because of the thousands of people on the road during Memorial Day Weekend, roadway travel becomes much more dangerous. If you are planning to travel during the weekend, it's important to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. If you aren't in a rush, you will be less likely to put yourself (and other drivers) at risk by speeding, pushing red lights, or committing other driving infractions.

2. Ensure That All Children Wear Life Jackets.
Kids ages 12 and under are required to wear life jackets when boating on the Lake of the Ozarks. Even wen children exceed this age limit, however, it may be wise to instruct them to wear a life jacket if they are not  strong swimmers. 

3. Limited Extended Time In The Sun.
Wear sunscreen and limit your time in direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day. Drink plenty of water and/or electrolyte drinks to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated. If you feel dizzy, faint, or weak, get inside and cool off immediately.

4. Designate A Sober Adult.
Whether you plan to travel to your Memorial Day hot spots by boat or by car, it is critical that you designate a sober driver. In addition to being extremely dangerous, operating a car or a boat while over the legal limit for alcohol is a criminal offense. If you are convicted, it may leave a permanent mark on your criminal record.

5. Drink Responsibly.
Even if you are not the designated sober adult, it is wise to reasonably limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol poisoning is very real, and it poses serious short-term and long-term health risks. Keep in mind that alcohol also dehydrates the body - the effects of which can be heightened due to prolonged sun exposure. Be sure to offset alcoholic beverages by drinking plenty of water as well.

6. Beware Of Fire Hazards.
If you plan to grill this Memorial Day Weekend, be sure to keep your grill a safe distance away from the garage, carport, or other structure. It is also wise to avoid proximity to any flammable surface or item. To reduce your risk of fire hazard during use, it may also be smart to have your grill carefully inspected before firing it up for the first time.

7. Supervise Children At All Times.
From swimming to shooting fireworks, many of the favorite Memorial Day activities pose an element of risk. No matter how you choose to celebrate your weekend, make sure a responsible adult is supervising the children at all times. 

Stay Safe, Everyone!
However you decide to celebrate your holiday weekend, O'Donnell Law Center hopes you have a safe and enjoyable time. Should you find yourself at fault for an accident, injured at the hands of someone else's negligent, or otherwise in need of legal representation, we hope you'll consider scheduling a consultation with our general practice firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to discuss what we can do to help ensure your rights are protected.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065

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