Greetings Olmsted Township Residents!
Summer is finally upon us and is the time to enjoy vacations, camping, picnics and the Fourth of July. However, summertime also brings unwanted fires and burn injuries due to fireworks, outdoor cooking and other fires.
I wanted to provide you with some tips for you to help prevent burns, injuries and unnecessary fires while you enjoy outdoor activities this summer.
• Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
• Use long-handled barbecue tools.
• Keep at least a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.
• Keep grills at least 10 feet from your home or other structure
• Open your gas grill before lighting it
• Clean your grill after each use; this will remove grease that can start a fire
• Place the coals from your charcoal grill in a metal can with a lid once you are sure they have cooled.
• Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches. Don’t walk away from them when they are lit.
• Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.
First aid for burns:
• Place the burn in cool water for three to five minutes.
• Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
• See your doctor if the burn is larger than your palm.
We hope you and your loved ones enjoys this summer and keeps safe! As always, make sure your smoke alarms are working, have fresh batteries and you have a home escape plan that includes two (2) ways out of each room in your home. If you have any questions about these or any other items, please contact the Olmsted Township Fire Department at 440-235-3746.
Yours in Safety,
Chief Pat Kelly, OTFD