Summertime should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.
Deputy Chief Randy Gabel, , shares the following safety tips as recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration.
Safety Tips for Grilling and Campfires:
- Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets from the grill area: declare a 3-foot "safe zone" around the grill.
- If you own a propane grill, check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
- Avoid using soft wood, such as pine or cedar, which likely will pop and throw sparks, in a fire pit. Use of seasoned hardwood is suggested.
- Don’t build a campfire at a site in hazardous, dry conditions or if the campground, area, or event rules prohibit campfires.
Editor's Note: The injury statistic referenced in this article was supplied by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.