Summer Safety Tips
Barbecues, fire pits, fireworks and more... these summer activities are usually tons of fun – but they can turn dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Mmm, burgers! The National Fire Protection Association offers great tips for grill safety. Grills should be kept clean and closely monitored. Keep them away from your home, deck rails or other structures. Avoid awnings and low hanging branches. Keep children away from hot grills and always make sure that the flames are completely out prior to leaving the grill.
Backyard Fire Pit
S’mores anyone? A backyard fire pit is a great way to add ambiance and a place to gather in your backyard, but left unchecked, they can be hazardous to your property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire pits should be placed far enough away from your home, deck, garage or other structures. You should also take into account low hanging trees or powerlines.
Always keep a hose, fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby incase the fire gets out of control. Keep children and pet away from the flames. Avoid using gas or igniters. Finally, make sure that your town or city allows fires or if there are burn bans in affect.
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Without a license, Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. Fireworks can be incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands. The National Safety Council advises that fireworks are enjoyed at public displays and not used at home. The NSC explains that 18,500 fires are started by fireworks each year, including 1,300 structure fires. Fireworks are also dangerous can cause bodily harm, especially burns.
Over the next few weeks, many Massachusetts cities and towns are offering Firework displays. Make sure keep your family safe and enjoy the beautiful displays!
Here’s to a happy and safe summer season, south coast!