Safe and Fun Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 2014

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How do you and your family commemorate Memorial Day? Commemorate the true meaning of Memorial Day at the Mesa Cemetery from 8 AM to 11 AM, when the staff passes out flags during their annual observation. The Town of Gilbert will also remember our country’s war heroes with an observance at their downtown 9/11 Memorial.

Every year, Mesa’s Stapley Aquatic Complex¬†celebrates the school holiday and the arrival of summer by opening their pool for public swim season on Memorial Day Weekend. Make sure the whole season is just as refreshing by buying your family’s annual city pool pass this weekend too; from May 24 through May 26, the City of Mesa is selling half-price family passes and taking 25% off individual pool passes.

Mesa police formed a DUI Task Force last Memorial Day in an effort to keep the streets safe after all the backyard barbecues and celebrations. While DUI convictions can cost you your job, raise your insurance premiums, and land you in jail, the most important reason to drink responsibly is to prevent tragedy. If you’re celebrating at home, make sure your guests have designated drivers before you keep the beer flowing all day long. If someone else is hosting the festivities or you’ve chosen to attend a local event in town, don’t forget to arrange a safe ride home. Because you can only control your own driving, it’s also a good idea to avoid the streets after dark if possible.

Memorial Day is synonymous with outdoor cooking under the summer sun. Some important safety tips can keep your backyard barbecues safe for everyone, and if you have a swimming pool, it’s particularly important to follow these Memorial Day safety tips to prevent both immediate and long-term damage:

  • Make sure children are supervised at all times, and if they’re in a pool, adults should take turns assuming responsibility to prevent any lapses
  • Don’t leave an open flame or sharp knife unattended
  • Apply at least a tablespoon of sunscreen every two hours
  • Wear protective accessories, such as hats and sunglasses, especially during the late morning and early afternoon, when UV rays are at their strongest
  • Clearly label the ingredients of any dish you prepare and share, in case of allergens

To learn more about the merits of safe driving, or to make sure your coverage matches your family’s priorities, contact¬†Hoey & Saks Insurance Agency. The independent, family-owned insurance agency has over 20 years of experience serving Mesa, Arizona, as well as Chandler, Gilbert and the surrounding area. Their team can help you find a policy that meets all of your family’s needs.