Once again winter and all its hazards have passed and for the time being we can focus on the nice weather and begin enjoying all the benefits of summer. We are in the season of barbequing hamburgers and camping in the great Adirondack Mountains. The season for celebrating our Nation’s Independence and for outdoor activities in general. The Gloversville Fire Department would like to offer some suggestions for keeping you and your family safe.
Did you know that most grill fires occur at homes of people just like you and are often preventable? Keep your grill well maintained and always grill in well ventilated open areas away from objects overhead. When starting your grill, use proper starting techniques and do not add fluid to an already lit fire. Be attentive to the grill when cooking and remember… unsafe grilling can lead to more than just a burned hamburger.
Many of us also have campfires so it is important to remember that when building a campfire, always build them in designated areas or in a well designed fire pit. ANd keep in mind, Gloversville does not allow open burning within the city limits. Never start your fire with gas, and pay attention to your fires so they stay well within your control. Make sure your children and pets are well supervised to prevent any accidental mishaps. And when its time to put it out, remember this … Lots of water now means no worries later.
During the 4th of July celebrations, many of us will attend public fireworks displays where well trained professionals manage the dangers of using fireworks as part of their jobs. This is by far, the safest way to enjoy fireworks. Recently, New York State opted to allow the limited sale of ground based and handheld sparkling devices shifting the responsibility of personal safety squarely onto the public’s shoulders. Did you know that sparklers burn at over 1200 degrees? So any use of these items must be supervised by a responsible adult in an open, c;ear area. Always know your fireworks by reading the labels thoroughly and follow the safety precautions, and remember to always have a charged hose or bucket of water handy, just in case.
So go and enjoy summer with those important to you and remember that your safety is only a few simple steps away.