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Today’s post comes from obsessive risk management enthusiast Bathtub Safety Officer Rafferty.
At ease civillians!
But as you take your ease on this Memorial Day, you MUST remember to stay alert to all safety risks that come with holiday fun.
Personally, I’m against holidays for this very reason! The very word “holiday” carries an expectation that the day will include some kind of unique, ecstatic experience.
This is exactly the sort of thing that can get you in trouble, safety-wise. That’s why I’m much more comfortable with days “on” rather than days “off”.
Boring? Sure! So?
The soul-killing drudgery of day-to-day work is great for depleting energy that might otherwise send you spinning off into activities that are questionable and possibly dangerous.
Firecrackers, speed boats, canoes, frisbees, ATV’s, softballs, bats, fishing hooks, volleyball nets and water skis are just a few of the expected summer holiday accessories that I find alarming.
Beyond that, I question all the assumptions made around the holiday tradition of “grilling”.
The idea that a man who only cooks two meals a year will suddenly be able to prepare massive quantities of thoroughly cooked food over an open flame strikes me as questionable.
That he will be able to handle all that meat safely and cook it properly while drinking a succession of beers is, in a word, preposterous!
Beer and flames do not go together. Ever!
I don’t know what Memorial Day plans you have made, but staying on dry land, properly belted, with ample head protection, and eating in state-inspected establishments using properly maintained and not-too-sharp utensils sounds like great fun to me!
Safely & Securely,
What are YOUR holiday plans?