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Division of State Fire Marshal

Fire Safety Tips

Summer Fire Safety Tips

A Message from State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater:

Summertime should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.

Barbecue Safety

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation

  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.

  • Keep children and pets from the grill area: declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill.

  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking.

  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.

 

Campfire Safety

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.

  • Keep campfires small, and don't let them get out of hand.

  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.

  • Never leave campfires unattended.