Outdoor activities including grilling, fireworks, and gardening can be dangerous. Check out these resources to have a safe and happy summer!
- Summer Safety Tips - a tri-fold pamphlet on summer fire and burn safety.
- State Fire Marshal Issues Summer Fire Safety Tips - a press release about summer fire safety.
Grill fires, 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. Read these Grilling Safety Tips and our one page pamphlet on Grilling Safety to learn more. Propane cylinders that are more than 12 years old must be requalified to determine if they are safe to refill and use. Read a one page flyer in English and Spanish called Is Your Propane Cylinder SAFE?/¿Es su cilindro de propanoSEGURO? to determine if you cylinder is safe to use and to have refilled. A poster with the same information is also available.
Enjoy professional, supervised fireworks displays. But remember that the possession and use of any fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers and cherry bombs and anything purchased out of state or by mail. Visit our web page Leave Fireworks to the Professionals and read our one page pamphlet on Fireworks Safety for more information.
Over half of the victims of gasoline burns in Massachusetts are under the age of 25. Learn to handle gasoline safely. Visit www.stopgasfires.org for information on preventing gas fires and to see a compelling video.
Disposal of smoking materials in bark mulch causes many fires. Never throw cigarettes butts into mulch; mulch is easily ignited. Visit our Mulch Safety web page and read our one page pamphlet on Mulch Fire Safety for details.
Hotel and Motel Safety Tips
Select accommodations that are equipped with sprinklers and smoke detectors in guest rooms. Search the Fire Safe Hotel List on the United States Fire Administration Website to see if your hotel is listed.