Prevent fires and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend even under mild weather conditions

Prevent fires and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend even under mild weather conditions
Posted at 9:20 PM, May 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-27 00:20:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The county is experiencing cooler weather conditions over the Memorial Day weekend.

However, Cal Fire urges you to be cautious and stay safe while participating in any outdoor activities this holiday weekend. 

Cal Fire has important steps you can take to prevent sparking a new wildfire as California is continually susceptible to wildfires due to the dry climate.

If you plan on going camping and having a campfire:

  • Make sure it is legal to do so
  • Clear away grass, leaves, and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of the ring
  • Make sure fire is completely extinguished before leaving
  • Obtain a campfire permit and check local fire restrictions
  • If you are grilling, never leave the grill unattended and watch what you grill

If you plan on driving to your holiday destination:

  • Make sure your vehicle does not have anything dragging on the ground. 
  • If towing, make sure trailer chains are secured
  • Never drive or pull over onto dry grass

Water drownings also dramatically increase over the holiday weekend.

If you plan on going swimming or will be near a body of water:

  • Never swim alone and always wear a life jacket, especially if you are not a strong swimmer
  • Keep in mind that rivers and lakes will run fast and cold, making them dangerous, as the snowpack continues to melt.
  • Children must always be supervised by a responsible adult who must be within arm's reach
  • Never underestimate calm water and be cautious of rapid currents
  • Drinking while boating or swimming is just as dangerous as drinking and driving on the roadways.

For more information on how to be safe this holiday weekend, click here.