Henry County Fire Department
Summer Fire/EMS Safety
- Grill outdoors
- Once lit, stay with it!
- Keep children away from grilling area
- Only use starter fluid
- Use limited amount
- Soak coals in water before discarding
- Leave grill away from home until completely cool
- Store gas cylinder outside away from structures
- Turn off valves when not in use
- Check frequently for leaks in connections –use soap and water mix
- When purchasing look for mark of independent testing laboratory
- Always follow manufacturer’s instructions
- Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks
- Attend outdoor public displays put on by professionals
- Pitch (flame retardant) tent away from campfire
- Build campfire downwind, away from tent
- Use battery powered heating and lighting inside the tent or any other enclosed area, as opposed to liquid-fueled heaters and lanterns.
- Pour water or dirt over campfire before leaving campsite or going to sleep
- Always store outside home
- Store in approved and well marked containers
- Only store small amounts
- Store away from any heat source or flame
- Only use as a motor fuel only
- Never store in a vehicle
- Move equipment away from any spillage before starting engine
- Turn off equipment and allow to cool before re-fueling
- Shut down motor before fueling
- Be sure fueling nozzle is grounded to the fuel intake
- Do not fill to capacity-leave room for expansion
- Wipe up spills and check the bilge for fuel leakage and odors
- After fueling and before starting motor, ventilate with the blower for at least four minutes.
- Only use portable stoves and heater specifically designed for marine use
- Keep a marine fire extinguisher on board at all times
- Store and use pool chemicals according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Always store outside and away from the home, any heat source or flame
- Actively supervise your children around water at all times, and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency.
- Make sure your pool has four-sided fencing and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. In addition, hot tubs should be covered and locked when not in use.
- Install a door alarm, a window alarm or both to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
- From the start, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
- Enroll your child in swimming lessons after age 4 – typically the earliest age when they are likely to practice and retain information. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.
- Learn CPR and know how to respond in water emergencies.
- Warn your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
- Never swim in a pool or hot tub that has a broken, loose or missing drain cover.
- Install protection to prevent entrapment if you own a pool or hot tub.
- Heat Cramps
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Syncope
- Heat Stroke
To prevent heat injuries:
- Increase your intake of non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, caffeine free beverages such as water, clear juices, and sports beverages.
- Wear clothing that is light in color and loose fitting.
- Use sunscreen before going out into the sun
- Avoid the outdoors during extreme heat and stay out of the sun.
- Stay in air-conditioned environments when possible.
- Check on elderly-they are especially susceptible to heat related injuries.
- Reduce outdoor activity in the heat of the day.
Below you will find some helpful safety information as well as a few home safety related checklists.