Summer is meant to be an enjoyable time of the year. Keep these safety tips in mind so that you and your family can have a safe and happy summer!
- Summer Safety Tips - a tri-fold public education pamphlet about how to be safe from fires and burns during the summer.
- Gas Grill Safety Tips
- American Burn Association
- Scroll to the Summer Burn Safety section and click on Educator's Guide
- 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.
- Enjoy the many professional, supervised fireworks displays that take place in the summer months. However, remember that the possession and use of any fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts, including any fireworks that were purchased out of state or by catalog. This includes sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers and cherry bombs.
- Fireworks Safety Factors - a one page public education handout on the dangers of illegal fireworks.
Fires caused by gasoline are major sources of burns in the United States. On average, 1,270 children under the age of 5 are treated for burn injuries due to gasoline fires each year. Give gasoline the respect it commands and learn how to use it safety.
Outdoor fire Safety
- Grill Safety
- State Fire Marshal Coan said, "Outdoor cooking incidents, such as gas grill fires, burns from flare-ups and improper use of charcoal lighter fluid, increase as people take to their backyards to enjoy a barbecue." Almost three-quarters (72%) of all gas grill fires occur between May and September
- Keep Smoking Materials out of the Mulch
- "Improper disposal of smoking materials in bark mulch, used to landscape around buildings, causes many fires at this time of year," said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. "Don't throw cigarettes butts into mulch; it creates the perfect fire triangle - heat, fuel and air," he added. Mulch is decaying natural material that is easily ignited. Especially when fresh, it provides the right atmosphere to harbor a lit or not fully extinguished cigarette.
- Mulch fire Press Release