We may have questioned if we’d ever see temperatures above freezing during this past winter, but spring is upon us with summer not too far behind. All of us are probably anxious to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s also important to remember fire safety. Being prepared can make a world of difference when it comes to summer safety.
Here are some tips as you and your loved ones enjoy all that summer has to offer:
- All propane and charcoal barbecue grills must be used outdoors to avoid fire hazards and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.
- Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.
- Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire – the flame can flashback into the container and explode.
- Keep grills clear from overhanging branches, house siding and deck edges and railings. Also, position the grill far from foot traffic.
- Wear well-fitted clothing when barbecuing. Loose articles and flammable material, such as nylon, should be avoided.
- Supervise children around outdoor grills. Announcing a three-foot ‘safety zone’ around the grill is an effective way to keep both children and pets at a distance.
- Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.
- Dispose of hot coals properly – douse all of them, not just the red ones, with plenty of water and stir them to ensure that the fire is out.
- Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
- Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves and never under overhanging trees.
- 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.
- It is important to follow the park’s rules for the use and extinguishing of campfires.