Doctors encourage safety over Memorial Day weekend

Doctors remind residents to make safety a priority ahead of Memorial Day celebrations

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - One place you don’t want to end up on a long weekend, like for the Memorial Day holiday, is the emergency room.

Typically, people tend to go out for Memorial Day weekend, but doctors are encouraging people to stay safe while doing so.

“I think sometimes we’ll see trauma, either related to motor vehicle accidents, sometimes accidents related to alcohol, whether you’re on the road or on the water. We also worry about kids. Sunscreen is a big factor, so just basic, make sure you put on sunscreen and protect yourself,” said Dr. Stephen Hosea with Our Lady of the Lake. “If the weather is nice, sometimes our volumes go down a little bit. But sometimes the severity of those things that we do see go up, because of the trauma and the accidents that can happen.”

While doctors want people to have fun, you still have to think about safety.

“Lots of motor vehicle accidents, maybe accidents on the water. So water safety is a big thing. Lots of accidents that are related to alcohol,” said Hosea.

And, speaking of alcohol, don’t drink and drive.

“As we enter Memorial Day weekend, troopers urge motorists to keep safety a top priority and have a plan in place if you plan on consuming alcohol. Troopers will also have an increased focus on impaired and unrestrained drivers this holiday weekend," said Trooper Taylor Scrantz, with Louisiana State Police.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is also reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible, and smart while on the water. And make sure you have life jackets!

“As well as just maybe basic things like sunscreen. Making sure people are putting on plenty of sunscreen to protect themselves as they get out into the sunny weather,” said Dr. Hosea.

And drink plenty of fluids too.

But, the main thing is to be aware of your surroundings and be patient.

“I think just one, taking your time to get where you’re going and don’t be in a rush,” said Dr. Hosea.

AAA’s Memorial Day forecast was canceled for the first time in 20 years because of the pandemic, but they are expecting less travel than previous years.

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