SUMMER FIRE SAFETY
Summer is fast approaching, even though
it may not seem like it at times. There are many activities to participate
in to enjoy the nicer days to come. There are also a lot of dangers! I
will cover these dangers and give tips to help you enjoy an incident free
It's the time of year to dust off the old
grill and enjoy some burned hamburgers. Before you start this activity
you should be prepared.
1. Check your grill, either gas or charcoal, before
lighting it up. Make sure everything works as it should, i.e., hoses
are intact and not leaking (you can check the connections using soapy
water), burners work correctly, lids close properly and grates in the
proper position. Another tip is to check for bee's nests, especially
if you are allergic to bee stings. Nothing makes bees angrier than having
their homes disturbed.
2. Keep distances to houses and decks in check. Never place grills where
the heat could damage the siding and/or eaves, or catch them on fire.
Also be careful placing them close to railings of decks, etc.
3. Always shut off the gas tank after use! A leak could develop and
the gas could cause an explosion.
4. When using a charcoal grill, be extremely careful in lighting it.
Only use enough charcoal lighter fluid (nothing else such as gasoline)
to soak the coals. Avoid pooling of the fluid in the bottom of the grill.
Use a long lighter or match to light it. NEVER add more fluid after
the coals have been lit.
5. One of the more important duties is to supervise the grill while
in use and while it is cooling down. Keep children and pets well away
from the grilling area.
6. Keeping a fire extinguisher near, and knowing how to use it, is always
a prudent safety precaution.
7. And when you are having a few cold ones, to beat the heat, let someone
else do the grilling. Never operate a grill when impaired.
Don't clean up your yard and burn the debris!
The only fires you can have, except for certain special exceptions, are
for cooking for human consumption. If you do decide to have a cooking
fire the following must be done.
1. Clear vegetation and place the fire in a ring surrounded
by rocks, etc, no bigger that three (3) feet across.
2. You can only burn clean dry wood; no leaves, paper, garbage, etc.
Never burn treated lumber. The smoke given off is very toxic!
3. The fire must not be close to any structure, not less than fifteen
(15) feet. The farther away the better!
4. The fire must be supervised at all times. And extinguished after
use. Do not let it "burn down" for the evening. It may not
be the only thing that burns down!
5. Before you have a cookout, be sure to call the fire department to
let us know. You can call 330-833-1051. They will ask you questions
and will answer any that you may have.
6. Penalties for not following the rules can be fines up to $500.00
and jail time up to sixty days or both.
Never store flammable liquids or gasses
in the home. Store gasoline, kerosene, propane, etc. outside or in a properly
vented garage or shed. Only store small amounts. Don't purchase all of
the gasoline for the lawn mower for the entire season at once. Use original
containers or approved safety containers. Never store gasoline or the
like in any glass containers. Remember the vapors are highly flammable
and a little spark can ignite them.
Always let mowers and other gas powered machines cool before refilling
or putting them away and be careful not to over fill.
Let the professionals handle them! Use of
fireworks is illegal in Ohio except by certified firework exhibitors.
Stay safe, stay away!
Have your air conditioners checked each
year prior to use. Whole house units should be checked by a professional,
and don't forget to check the filters. If using window units, plug them
straight into the wall outlets. If you must use extension cords, use the
size and type recommended by the manufacturer. Also never run cords under
doors, rugs, etc.
If you are using fans, make sure they are in good working order. Check
the wires and covers. Never place anything on or near them that could
block the flow of air. They can catch fire.
Have a safe and happy summer.
Jerry R. Layne, Captain
Fire Prevention Bureau