Being Safe this Summer
Keep these tips in mind as you and your family enjoy summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July.
1. Practice Safe Grilling
Place your grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony. Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe. Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit, or patio torches. Don’t walk away from them when they are lit.
2. Use Campfire Safety
Make sure the fire pit is at least three feet away from your house and anything that can burn. Closely watch children when the fire pit is in use. Use a metal screen over wood-burning fires to keep sparks from floating out. Turn off or put out fires before you leave the backyard. Store matches and lighters out of children’s sight and reach.
3. Proper use of Fireworks
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or another mishap. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it.