By RANDY RICHMAN
School’s out for summer! Fire up the grill, open the pool, and safely enjoy your fun and sun!
June begins the peak season for grilling fires. Collectively, gas and solid fuel (charcoal, wood, etc.) grills are involved in approximately 9,000 home fires annually. Be sure your grill is working properly by checking your propane hoses and regulators for leaks or breaks, as well as any other areas of the grill that might be broken.
Keep children, pets and all flammable items at least three feet away. Always keep your gas grill lid open when lighting it. Place your grill away from buildings and deck railings, and out from under eaves or low branches. If the flames go out, turn off all gas, and wait 15 minutes before attempting to relight it.
Cooling off in the pool is a great way to beat the summer heat! The best way to stay safe is enroll in age appropriate swim classes for you and your family. It is also important to follow the following tips when in and around the water:
• Always swim with a buddy, NEVER swim alone!
• Never leave a child unattended near water.
• Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
• If boating, always wear your PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
• When out in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen to protect your skin, and stay hydrated with plenty of water!
Should you choose fire, water, or a combination of both to enjoy your summer, be sure to use them both safely and responsibly!
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Randy Richman is a part-time Brookfield firefighter and paramedic, firefighting instructor and regional director for hyperbaric medicine for Shared Health Service Inc.