Spring & Summer Safety Tips

Barbecue Grills

  • Keep grills at least 10 feet from siding and eaves.
  • Never use a grill in a garage or carport.
  • Before using a gas grill, check hoses and connections for leaks.
  • Check that the venturi tubes-where gas and air mix-are not blocked.
  • Never overfill a propane tank.
  • Consumers should only use propane tanks that have a three-pronged valve: this is a sign that there is an overfill protection device in the tanks.
  • When lighting a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add fluid after the fire is started.
  • To dispose of hot coals, soak them with water and stir to make sure the fire is out.
  • Never put coals in plastic, wood, or paper containers.
  • Wear snug-fitting clothing when grilling.

Fireworks

  • For safety's sake, leave fireworks to the professionals.
  • Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
  • If you do use fireworks, light them outdoors, away from dry grass.
  • Only use fireworks permitted by local/state ordinances/laws
  • Always have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never let children light or play with fireworks.
  • Wear snug-fitting clothing while lighting fireworks.

Summer Fire Facts

  • Barbecue grills caused about 900 home fires and 3,500 outdoor fires in 2002.
  • Half of all grill-related home fires begin on a balcony or unenclosed porch.
  • More U.S. fires are reported on the 4th of July than on any other day. Fireworks account for half of those fires.
  • In 2004, fireworks started about 1,600 structure fires.
  • The tip of a sparkler burns at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit-hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
One of the best ways to stay safe this summer is to wear a helmet and other safety gear when biking, skating,and skateboarding,and when riding scooters, all-terrain vehicles,and horses. Studies on bicycle helmets have shown they can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.
Swimming pool safety includes placing barriers completely around your pool to prevent access, using door and pool alarms, closely supervising your child and being prepared in case of an emergency 


Summer also means yard work. When mowing, keep small children out of the yard, and turn the mower off if children enter the area. If the lawn slopes, mow across the slope with the walk-behind rotary mower, never up and down. With a riding mower, drive up and down the slope, not across it. Never carry children on a riding mower.