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Memorial Day safety tips

Fireworks and grilling tips
Posted at 10:23 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 11:23:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Memorial Day is a time to honor the fallen, but some people have traditions, such as cook outs or going camping. If the weather is nice, many do spend the holiday outside. There are some safety tips to follow to protect yourself from the sun on days like this, however.

Registered dietician Mary Mosquera Cochran has some grilling tips to avoid lots of sun exposure:
- Limit grill time by defrosting meat first
- Trim fat to prevent drippings which create smoke.
- Use a marinade that contains vinegar or lemon juice to cut down on flare ups.
- Flip grilled meat often to prevent dripping juices.

Dr. Llana Pootrakul at The Ohio State University Cancer Center has some helpful sunscreen tips while spending time outside:
- Applying once isn't enough - Many people think they can put on sunscreen once and it'll last all day. You should re-apply every two hours.
- There's more than one type of sunscreen - There are two types: Chemical blockers and physical blockers. Chemical blockers wear off quicker than physical blockers, according to Dr. Pootrakul. People can be allergic to chemical blockers, and physical blockers are often cheaper.
- Buy higher than SPF 50.
- When you spray sunscreen, spray more & rub it in. When scientists test sunscreens, they're spraying extensively before testing for sun protection, but most commonly spray a light mist and think they're good. Spray more, and rub it in.