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Soldiers Statue Legislative BuildingMemorial Day was created to honor American men and women who died in military service. The focus on those who died sets it apart from Veterans’ Day, which honors all military veterans, living and dead

What are your plans for Memorial Day?

Activities

A poll conducted by the Indiana County News showed that people had the following Memorial Day plans:

  • 39 percent – grill outside and enjoy a day off
  • 20 percent – go to the cemetery to put flowers on their family's graves.
  • 13 percent – participate in, or attend, a Memorial Day service.
  • 12 percent – have no plans; it's just another day.
  • 9 percent – have to work.
  • 9 percent – have other plans.

Travel

AAA Travel projects 34.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 0.9 percent decrease from the 35.1 million people who traveled last year.  

The decline in holiday travel is mainly due to a decline in air travel of 8 percent, concerns about rising costs among travelers, and a waffling economy.

Safety

All terrain vehicles

During the Memorial Day, the number of people riding all terrain vehicles increases, and so do accidents, injuries, and deaths.

Reports analyzed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that during the four days of the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, there were at least 14 deaths and about 2,750 emergency room treated injuries associated with ATV usage. That an average of four deaths and 700 injuries each day. Two of the 14 fatalities during that weekend involved children under age 16. 

ATVs continue to be the fourth most deadly product the commission oversees, with more than 700 ATV-related deaths per year.

For safety tips, see “Ride Safe, Stay Alive: Data Show That Memorial Day Weekend Can be Tragic for Many ATV Riders” and ATVSafety.gov.

Swimming

Memorial Day starts the summer season for many, and adults and kids will be heading out for swimming fun.

Last year, 90 children younger than 15 were reported to have drowned in swimming pools from Memorial Day to mid-summer, according to the commission.

An additional 106 children that age required emergency response for near-drowning incidents.

The figures show that young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to drowning because 72 percent of the children reported to have drowned from Memorial Day to mid-summer last year were younger than 5 years old.

Click here for safety tips when kids are in or around water.

Sales

Memorial Day bargains are available for those who like to shop.

See “Memorial Day Sales to Shop Now: Spend the Holiday Doing What You Really Want” and “What to Expect From Memorial Day Sales” for ideas.

Best wishes for your Memorial Day weekend celebrations. I hope you have a fun and safe time.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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