Saturday, July 2, 2011

Have a safe 4th of July weekend!

Hopefully everyone is having a fun and safe 4th of July weekend.  We know that families like to grill out and use fireworks this weekend, but we want you to also be safe while you are having fun.  Below are some fireworks and grilling safety tips to keep you and your kids safe. (Source: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov)
Fireworks safety tips:
  • Sparklers are not toys.  They can reach 2,000o Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Leave pieces of fireworks on the ground after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode. 

  • Stand several feet away from the professionals lighting fireworks; fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
Grilling safety tips:
  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.  Grills should be positioned  at least 10 feet  away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep, matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.

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