Manchester, Connecticut

Summertime Fire Safety

July is the peak month for grill fires.

Roughly half of the injuries involving grill are thermal burns.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Grills should be placed well away from the home, deck railing, overhanging branches and out from under eaves.
  • Keep children and pets at least three (3) feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease for fat buildup from the grates and in trays below the grill.
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use.  Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid,  Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • When finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.  Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose.  A propane leak will release bubbles.  Replace hose if there is a leak.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.  Do NOT move the grill.
  • If your flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five (5) minutes before re-lighting it.
Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays,  However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers.  Fireworks case thousands of burn and eye injuries each year.  People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:
  • Be safe.  Attend a public fireworks display.  Leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.Image result for sparkler temperature chart