Columbia Fire Department releases Fourth of July safety tips

07/02/2014 11:41 AM

07/02/2014 11:42 AM

COLUMBIA, SC The Columbia Fire Department reminds citizens to stay safe when it comes to grilling, fireworks and staying cool in the summer heat this Fourth of July.

Grilling Safety:

· Never operate grills and other open-flame cooking devices on combustible balconies and decks or within 10 feet of a structure

· Set the grill up in an open area away from low hanging tree limbs, dry leaves and brush

· Check hoses and propane tanks for leaks

· Make the area around the grill a no play zone

· Avoid wearing long, hanging clothes

· Never grill inside of garages or carports

· Purchase the proper starting fluid if you use a charcoal grill

· If you must dispose of the ashes before fully cooled, soak them completely in water before putting them in a non-combustible container

Fireworks Safety:

· Light fireworks outdoors and away from dry grass

· Always read and follow labeled directions

· Have an adult present at all times

· Never allow children to play, hold or light fireworks

· Only buy from licensed/permitted dealers

· Always have water close (a garden hose and a bucket)

· Keep unused fireworks covered to protect them from accidental fallout from the fireworks display

· Never throw or point fireworks at other people

· Never re-light a “dud” firework

· Never carry fireworks in your pocket

Heat Safety:

· Stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, and stay inside an air-conditioned building if possible

· Supervise children; children rely on adults to tell them when to come inside, when to drink water and what sort of clothing to wear. It doesn’t take long for a child’s small body to become overheated.

· Drink plenty of water

· Never leave a child or pet in the car unattended

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