As the weather is beginning to improve it is becoming apparent that summer is coming! With the nice weather and people spending more time outdoors, it seemed like a good time to offer some spring and summer fire prevention and safety tips.

  • Grilling is a great way to prepare a meal while enjoying the nice weather, but there are a number of precautions that should be taken. Grills can only be used on a porch if it is a first floor porch with no roof or overhang and has an outdoor staircase to the ground or is at ground level. Grills cannot be within 10 feet of any structure; this includes, but is not limited to, sheds and fences. As always you should exercise caution when children are near.
  • Gasoline is a tool that many of us use to operate tools around the yard. Extreme care must be taken when handling gasoline. Gasoline vapors can ignite at a very low temperature. When refueling approved gasoline containers be sure to place them on the ground and bring the nozzle into contact with the inside of the container. This will reduce the risk of a static shock igniting the vapors. When at home, store containers in a secure place away from living areas (such as a shed or detached garage) and away from any ignition sources.
  • Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Most fireworks are still illegal in New York.

Have a great and safe spring and summer season!