There is nothing better than a barbecue on a warm summer night. The Oak Creek Fire Department would like to make sure that residents keep safety in mind when they fire up their grills.
Gas Grill Safety Tips
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
- Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
- Always keep propane gas containers upright.
- Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
- Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
- Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
Charcoal Grill Safety Tips
- Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers.
- Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
- Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
- Allow charcoal and ashes to completely cool prior to disposal.
Safe Summer Swimming
Warmer weather means children spend much of their summer vacations in the water. Whether it's a backyard pool or open water such as a river or lake, parents can take several steps to keep their children safe this summer.
- Actively supervise children wherever they are.
- Enroll children in swimming lessons as soon as possible to get them comfortable with the water.
- Small children should always swim with an adult and older children who are more experienced swimmers should swim with a buddy.
- Make sure that children only swim in designated swimming areas.
- Teach children that open water swimming is much different than swimming in a pool. Current/undertow, uneven bottom surfaces and weather conditions can have an effect on their experience in the water.
- Consider building a fence with a gate around your pool. Install an alarm on the gate to alert you if a child enters the swimming pool area without your knowledge.
Move Over for Emergency Vehicles
Every year in the U.S. there are almost 16,000 collisions involving fire department emergency vehicles while responding to or returning from incidents. These collisions result in over 1,000 firefighter injuries and almost fifty deaths.
Many people panic or simply don't adhere to the rules of the road for approaching emergency vehicles. The law is very specific; drivers must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle, and failure to do so can cause serious accidents or delays in ambulances, fire engines and fire trucks arriving at the scene of an emergency. Firefighters are careful to avoid vehicle collisions by driving slowly when traveling against traffic, or coming to a complete stop at intersections. However, the cooperation of ALL vehicles on the roadway is essential.
There are some simple rules to follow when you're on the road and encounter an emergency vehicle:
- Stay calm.
- Pull to the right and come to a complete stop.
- If you're traveling on a high-speed road or if there is no room to stop, slow down as much as possible.
- If you are in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as traffic in the lane to your right moves over.
- When an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind while you are stopped at an intersection, stay where you are unless you can pull to the right.
- Be careful when driving by or around a motor vehicle accident or any situation where emergency vehicles are parked and the firefighters are working.
- Drivers should stay at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.
- Don't panic.
- Don't play your radio so loudly that you are unable to hear sirens.
- Don't stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull to the right.
- Don't pull to the left in the center lane or left turn lane.
- Don't race ahead to make the green light or turn before the emergency vehicle gets there.
- Don't drive through a red light or stop sign when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind.
- Don't disregard the presence of the emergency vehicle by continuing to drive.
- Don't pass emergency vehicles that are traveling with their lights and siren on.