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Safety Tips for Your Memorial Day Weekend | Plus 2 delicious BBQ Sauce recipes!

grillMemorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, bringing warm weather, barbeques and swimming. Many families will be hosting backyard gatherings around their swimming pools, so we urge kids and adults to be safe on this holiday weekend and the rest of summer.

No one, including adults, should ever swim alone. Adults should practice “reach supervision,” which means to always be within arm’s length of a child in the water to prevent an emergency.

A little planning can go a long way. This holiday make sure to have your pool safety bases covered:

  • Post the rules for your pool and enforce them without exception.
  • Post depth markers and “No Diving” signs as appropriate.
  • Keep toys away from the pool and out of sight when the pool is not in use.
  • Pool covers should be completely removed prior to use and completely secured when in place.
  • Post emergency numbers and have a cell phone readily available when poolside.
  • Ensure basic lifesaving devices such as a reaching pole, rope and flotation devices are easily accessible.
  • Learn Red Cross CPR and First Aid and post CPR and first aid instructions.
  • Maintain clean and clear pool water.
  • Store pool chemicals in childproof containers and out of the reach of children.

More than 3 million people a year take swimming lessons or water safety classes from the Red Cross. This summer, make safety a family activity!


Lip-smacking Memorial Day BBQ Sauce Recipes

Sweet Sauce
1/2 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a medium bowl, mix together onion soup mix, sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Do not use until the last few minutes of cooking, because this sweet sauce will burn if cooked for too long or over too high heat.

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Spicy Sauce
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed Tomato soup
1/4 cup cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon dry Mustard

In medium bowl, combine all ingredients; stir well.
Use to baste Chicken, Spare Ribs, Lamb, Hamburgers or Turkey.

Makes about l 1/2 cups.

Originally posted on Squidoo.