From the U.S. Fire Administration
Summer is the time to enjoy vacations, camping, picnics and the Fourth of July; however, summertime also brings fires and burn injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking.
- Only use your grill outside.
- Keep it at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails and eaves.
- Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
- Open your gas grill before lighting.
- Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe.
- Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
- Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches.
- Don’t walk away from them when they are lit.
- Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
- Use long-handled barbecue tools.
- Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.
- Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.
FIRST AID FOR BURNS
- Place the burn in cool water for three to five minutes.
- Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
- See your doctor if the burn is larger than your palm.
For more information and free fire-safety resources, visit www.usfa.fema.gov