Help Your Community Stay Safe This Summer

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Summertime is full of sunshine and outdoor fun, but like any season there are potential hazards to be aware of. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has provided the following summer safety tips to help citizens have an injury-free season. Distribute this information in your community to ensure everyone enjoys the summer safely.

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a summertime tradition. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks; however, if fireworks are legal in your state and you choose to use them, there are several safety guidelines that should be followed:

  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a devise does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a devise is not marked with the contents, direction, and a warning label, do not light it.
  • Supervise children around fireworks at all times.


Grilling Safety

Summer is also a time for firing up the grill. Here are a few safety tips to ensure a delicious and accident-free barbeque:

  • Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.
  • Do not overfill the propane tank.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper, or wooden containers.
  • Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced.
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention.


Campfire Safety

Summer campouts are fun, but open flames can run the risk of injury. Follow these tips when building and enjoying a campfire:

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
  • Keep campfires small, and don't let them get out of hand.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
  • Never leave campfires unattended.


For more information, statistics, and tips, visit: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/summer.shtm.
 

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