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Keys to having a safe Memorial Day

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Despite the wet weather, many people will be gathering to remember those who served the country.

The personal finances website WalletHub.com released some factoids about the Memorial Day holiday.

It said more than 42 million Americans have served the country during wartime.

It also said 1.3 million armed services members lost their lives in conflict.

In 1873, New York became the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day.

When it comes to the holiday's festivities:

  • 62 percent of Americans barbecue over the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Over 1,000 active duty service members take part in parades.
  • 1.5 million people watch the National Memorial Day Parade on television.

When it comes to safety, WalletHub said:

  • 25 percent more home cooking fires happen on Memorial Day than the average.
  • 50,500 estimated injuries from car wrecks happen over the Memorial Day weekend.
  • 44 percent of traffic-related deaths happen over the Memorial Day weekend are related to alcohol.

For more Memorial Day statistics from WalletHub, click here.

Those determined to grill regardless of the rain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes they'll keep food safety in mind.

The CDC said one in six people typically becomes ill each year due to foodborne illnesses.

With so many types of food being prepared, the CDC said it's easy to lose track how long meat is being cooked.

It recommended:

  • Marinating foods in the refrigerator only. Don't reuse marinades.
  • Cook immediately after partial cooking.
  • Use a food thermometer. Chicken should have an internal temperature of 165. For steak, fish and pork, it's 145.
  • Leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours. If temps reach 90 degrees, it's 1 hours.

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