Public Service Anouncement

Summer Safety Tips !

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Photo Courtesy of: Christopher Aloi

 

Grilling Safety:

* All propane and charcoal barbecue grills must be used outdoors to avoid fire hazards andtoxic gases such as carbon monoxide.
* Keep grills clear from overhanging branches, house siding and deck edges and railings.
Also position the grill far from foot traffic.
* Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.
* Remove grease or fat buildup in the tray(s) below the grill to avoid a fire.
* Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire – the flame can
flashback into the container and explode.
* 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.

Use Caution around Fireworks!

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Photo Courtesy of: International Association of Firefighters

Each year thousands of people are injured by fireworks. While they are considered a staple to the North American 4th of July holiday, they can very quickly ruin, an otherwise enjoyable celebration.

Fireworks by the numbers – (courtesy of the NFPA)

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.