Check out these summer safety tips from the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal. Have a safe summer!
Grill fire, burns from flare-ups and improper use of charcoal lighter fluid increase during barbecue season. Over 70% of gas grill fires occur between May and September.
- Grill outdoors
- Keep grill 10 feet from the side of the house
- Establish three-foot circle of safety around the grill
- Don’t leave the grill burning unattended
Smoking and mulch safety
- Provide appropriate ash trays for smokers so they won’t be tempted to put butts in near by landscaping
- Enjoy professional, supervised fireworks
- The possession of any fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts
- This includes sparklers that can burn at 1200 degrees, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, cherry bombs
- Be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 15
- Use SPF 30 for extended time outdoors
- Reapply every 1 1/2 to 2 hours and after swimming
- Avoid exposure during peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Use the campfire ring or pit provided by the campground where fires are permitted
- Be sure to have a bucket of water handy and to completely extinguish the fire before leaving