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Summer Fire/EMS Safety

Grilling/Barbecue Grills

  • Grill outdoors
  • Once lit, stay with it!
  • Keep children away from grilling area

Charcoal Grills

  • Only use starter fluid
  • Use limited amount
  • Soak coals in water before discarding
  • Leave grill away from home until completely cool

Gas Grills

  • 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

Using Gasoline

  • 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 Injuries

  • Sunburns
  • 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.


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